Prawn and crab dim sum

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Makes 18

From The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure


  • 150g/5½oz raw tiger prawns, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 100g/3½oz fresh white crabmeat
  • 15g/½oz fresh root ginger, finely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 5g dried orange peel, soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes
  • 3 fresh water chestnuts, peeled (alternatively use canned chestnuts if fresh unavailable)
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • soy sauce, for dipping


  1. Add the chopped prawns and crabmeat to a bowl with the ginger and garlic.

  2. Drain and squeeze the orange peel and finely chop. Add it to the bowl with the water chestnuts.

  3. Add two teaspoons of the cornflour to the same amount of water in a bowl and stir.

  4. Mix the cornflour mixture in with the seafood along with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the carrot and spring onion.

  5. If you have time, cover and leave to stand in the fridge for 45 minutes for the flavours to infuse and the cornflour to help set the mixture.

  6. Make your sealer for the dim sum by mixing the remaining teaspoon of cornflour with two tablespoons of water.

  7. Take each wonton wrapper, brush with the sealer 1cm/½in all around the edge. Place a good teaspoonful of filling in the centre of each wrapper. Gradually and carefully fold the sides up around the ball. Cup the dim sum in between your thumb and forefinger. Using a damp teaspoon press the mixture to form a smooth top. Place on a well-oiled stainless steel or bamboo steamer, greased or lined with a banana leaf or baking paper.

  8. Put the steamer over a hot pan of boiling water and steam for 15 minutes.

  9. Serve at once with soy sauce for dipping.

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