Crab "soup Dumplings" (Dim Sum)
55 mins (prep 45, cooking 10)
15 ingredients
24 servings
Not soup with dumplings in it, but dumplings with soup in them. This is a famous kind of steamed dumpling for dim sum. You bite a little hole in the dumpling, then carefully sip the scalding hot broth out of it, then dip the rest of the dumpling in a dip and eat. It's amazing how they get it inside-out like that. I have just learned, from a cookbook called "Dim Sum and Other Chinese Street Food" by Mai Leung, that the secret is to gel some broth with agar-agar and seal the solid broth inside the dumplings. When the dumplings are heated, the broth liquifies again, so you get dumplings full of soup. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I don't usually make my own dim sum, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it for those who do. She says you can only make these a few hours in advance, and if you do, you should refrigerate them before steaming.

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  • 1 cup dried agar-agar, loosely packed
  • 2 cups chicken broth, clear
  • 1 cup crabmeat, fresh or frozen. drained on paper towels
  • 4 ounces shrimp, shelled, deveined, cut into pea-sized pieces
  • 4 ounces lean pork, cut into pea-sized pieces
  • 5 dried chinese mushrooms, soaked in hot water until spongy, stems discarded, caps cut into small squares
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • cold water
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup chinese red vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons black soy sauce


Serving Size (42.36 g)
Servings 24
Amount per Serving
Calories 68.43 Calories from Fat 13.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.47g 54.37%
Saturated Fat 0.33g 40.13%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 17.35mg 138.81%
Sodium 250.47mg 250.47%
Total Carbohydrate 6.25g 50.02%
Dietary Fiber 0.22 g 21.2%
Sugars 0.21 g %
Protein 7.16g 343.59%
Vitamin A 8.87IU% Vitamin C 0.69mg%
Calcium 8.13mg% Iron 0.65mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
agar-agar, dried, shrimp, lean pork, white pepper, all-purpose, cold water, fresh ginger, red, black soy sauce