Dim sum mushrooms


Dim sum at home can be easy; it’s not all about tricksy dumpling making. Your best bet for dough-wrapped packages is to buy them from Asian stores, ready-made (frozen or fresh), then steam them with your own home-made things, and palm them off as your own.


  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 12 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 spring onions, halved crossways and green tops finely shredded


Combine all the ingredients except the mushrooms and green part of the spring onions in a bowl, then toss the mushrooms in the mixture until well coated. Tip the mushrooms, along with any collected liquids, on to a plate that will fit your steamer tray. Steam for 10 minutes and serve with the shredded spring onion.