Richard’s Shui Mai
  1. Peel the prawns (shrimp) reserving the shells
  2. Fry the shells in a fry pan with the Macadamia oil, to extract a prawn head oil.
  3. Strain the fried shrimp shells to produce roughly a teaspoon of the liquid gold that is prawn head oil
  4. Soak the peeled prawns in water alkalized with the baking powder, and set aside in the fridge for 30 mins. This will cause them to plump up and remain juicy.
  5. Add Pork mince, Ginger, Garlic, Sesame Oil, Shaoxing wine and mix well, then leave it too in the fridge for 30 mins for the proteins to break down a little and the mix become more gelatinous.
  6. De-core the half head of cabbage
  7. Add salt to boiling water in a pot with the cabbage and boil for 2 mins until the leaves start to wilt and you can separate them from the head with tongs.
  8. Add chopped onions to the Pork.
  9. Drain and wash the prawns. De-vein them, and chop them into 1cm chunks. And add them to the marinated pork mince … mix well.
  10. Push the cabbage leaves down into a silicone muffin pan to replace the traditional use of wonton wrappers
  11. Spoon in the pork/prawn mixture into the cabbage cups and trim them with kitchen scissors. You can add a small amount of salmon roe or (pictured) caviar to the center of each dumpling. note we had a little left over stuffing mix so we used a cabbage leaf tired with a chive which could be an alternate method if you can’t find a silicone muffin pan that fits into your steamer.
  12. Steam in a bamboo steamer for about 15 mins or until the dumplings when pressed are firm.
  13. Remove from the steamer, and plate for presentation or just serve them in the steamer.
  14. You can serve with a soy sauce dipping sauce, or a mayonnaise with a little of that prawnhead oil added to give it flavour.

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