1tbsprice vinegarOrganic. The ingredients should be rice vinegar and water only
1tsptoasted sesame oil or chili oil
tsp½ hot red chili pepper sauceoptional
Remove the cabbage core. Fill-in a pot with cold water just enough to cover the entire cabbage. Once the water starts boiling. Turn the heat down to low boil. Remove the leaves as they separate. Set aside to cool.
Combine the ground pork with “pork seasonings”. Mix well. Line a bamboo steamer with a thin layer of parchment paper. Alt. use a plate set over a steaming rack.
Select a small cabbage leaf. Form a small cup shape with a leaf in your hand and spoon about 1 tbsp of meat filling into the leaf wrapper. Gently squeeze the cabbage leaves and the meat filling to make sure they cohere nicely.
Place them in the steamer. Put one next to each other so they won’t fall apart in the steamer. Steam over high heat for about 25-30 mins until fully cooked. The water should be more than simmering but not quite boiling. Enjoy with my signature umami dipping sauce !
I use only the inner part of cabbage leaves (smaller size leaves) as wrappers because I prefer smaller size dim sum.
Don’t have a bamboo steamer rack at home? You can use a plate set over a steaming rack or place the cabbage dim sum directly on a stainless steel steamer basket in a wok with a glass lid.
Note that the boiling water in the wok should be more than simmering but not quite boiling. The water should neither be high enough to touch the bottom of the plate nor should the water be able to boil over onto the plate. They should be cooked by the steam and not from direct heat.