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How to perfect your dimsums

Planning a get-together at home? Well, you can cook some delicious Chinese and keep dimsums as starters. Here's are some tips on how to make the perfect dimsums and impress your guests.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2011 01:10 IST

Planning a get-together at home? Well, you can cook some delicious Chinese and keep dimsums as starters. Here's are some tips on how to make the perfect dimsums and impress your guests.



1 Water ratio:

While making the dough for the dimsums, the ratio of flour and water in the dimsum batter must always be 1:2 as excess water can spoil the batter. So ensure that the dough doesn't get too sticky.



2 Weighty issues:

The perfect dimsum must weigh 35 grams. This consistency will allow you to enjoy the right taste of the filling.



3 Not too tender:

Make sure dimsums are not over-cooked. A dimsum should never be steamed for more than 3 minutes. Over steaming can make it go tender.



4 Check for softness:

A fried dimsum roll must always be soft before steaming. A stiff roll can spoil the taste of the dimsum.



5 Temperature wise:

If you are frying dimsums then make sure that the oil used to fry the dimsum must always be maintained at a temperature of 170 degree celsius. Dimsums should not be stored in a refrigerator for more than 3 days. They taste best when consumed the day they are made.



6 Utensil counts:

Dimsums should be made preferably in a bamboo steamer. Steamed dimsums are nutritious and not loaded with calories. The bamboo steamer helps retain the colour, flavour and texture of the dimsum.



7 Pair it this way:

Chinese tea is the most suitable drink with dimsums. But if you’re not a Chinese tea fan then you can choose from milk tea, coffee, fruit juice or even herbal tea.



(With inputs from Chef Woon Foo Siow, Royal China)