Dim Sum Party Recipes

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Dim Sum Recipes

Movie NightThese were the actual recipes used during Scamper’s recent weekend get together… you can read all about it here:

Dim Sum is a Chinese rolling buffet. Traditionally, carts of delicacies are rolled through a packed hall of hungry fans. Some are steamed. Some are fried. There are varieties that are baked and roasted too. Dumplings, pork buns and noodles are accompanied by spare ribs and roasted duck. If you like Chinese food, you’ll love dim sum. We recently discovered that a dim sum party is tremendous fun. Everyone can participate in making something wonderful.

Shrimp Chips

These are amazingly delicious. They used to bring them right to the table when we would sit down in our local Chinese restaurant and we looked forward to them every time. Most people under 35 have never even heard of them. 

They’re like puffy, crunchy, pastel colored potato chips. When we made them at our dim sum party, everyone absolutely loved them. 

These are best handled by a competent fryer. If you’re afraid of vats of boiling oil, give this job to someone else. 

Shrimp chips can be purchased in Asian markets or on line. Unless you live in a city with an active china town area, you’ll probably have to prepare them at home. Like many items in Asian markets, the instructions are frequently not in English. Here’s what you need to do. 


  • 1 package of shrimp chips
  • 1 1/2 quarts of oil to fry
shrimp chips
shrimp chips


  1. Make sure that the oil is heated to about 400 degrees.
  2. Place the discs in the oil and get ready.
  3. You will need to have a large bowl nearby
  4. Within a few minutes the puffed up chips will rise to the surface of the pot
  5. They don’t explode like popcorn but they will overflow
  6. The oil tends to whisk off of them as they hit the air so you don’t need to put them on paper towels

That may have seemed like a lengthy description but if you were unprepared, you wouldn’t have been ready.

Green Papaya Salad

This was extraordinarily popular. It’s mildly sweet and moderately spicy. 

Green Papaya Salad
Green Papaya Salad


  • 3c shredded green papaya
  • Most Asian markets will sell it already shredded in the refrigerated section of herbs and vegetables. If you can’t find it, buy 2-4 green papayas and use a large cut grater. They should resemble coleslaw shreds
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 15 fresh green beans
  • 2 Tbsp dried shrimp
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 3 Tbsp palm sugar
  • 3 Tbsp roasted salted peanuts, crushed into small, uneven pieces


  1. Combine the tomatoes with the papaya
  2. Roll the green beans with the palm of your hand, applying pressure
  3. Remove the ends and cut the beans in half
  4. Toss them into the papaya
  5. Toss in the dried shrimp
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together. Fish sauce, garlic, lime juice and palm sugar
  7. Pour the liquid over the salad and toss
  8. Top with crushed nuts
  9. Chill for an hour

We sent guests home with Chinese take-out containers that we found at the market. They liked it even more the next day

Marinated Cod

This is just delicious. It’s sweet and savory and the texture of the fish is superb. 


  • 2 cod fillets
  • 1/3 c white or yellow miso paste
  • 1/4 c sake
  • 1/4 c mirin
  • 4 Tbsp palm sugar
Marinated Cod
Marinated Cod


  1. Boil the sake and mirin for 30 seconds or until the alcohol smell is gone
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Whisk in miso and sugar until they dissolve and the marinade is smooth
  4. Let the marinade cool
  5. Pour the mixture over the cod fillets in a large zip lock bag
  6. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hrs. Up to 2 days. We only had time for 3 hrs and it was terrific but overnight is better
  7. Preheat oven to 400
  8. Pan sear the fillets to brown the outside
  9. Roast on an oiled baking sheet for 3 min per side
  10. The fish will easily flake when done

Banana Sea Bass

Chilean sea bass works very well with sesame/ soy based marinades. We always add a citrus fruit and we frequently add another fruit. Peaches are great. Pineapple is terrific too. This time we forgot to buy the fruit. In a pinch, we popped into the 7-11. All they had were bananas. We kept our fingers crossed and went with it. Everyone loved it. 


  • 2 Chilean sea bass fillets
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 c dark sesame oil
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 lime or orange juice, you can combine both also. Include pulp
  • 2 tsp fresh sliced ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1Tbsp palm sugar
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all of the ingredients other than the fish
  2. Marinate fillets in the refrigerator for 3 hrs to overnight
  3. Sauté in the marinade

Chilean Se Bass

Next time

Crab Rangoons

And assorted

Fried dumplings and wontons

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