Don’t Wait Hours in Line for Dim Sum, These 3 Recipes are Easier than You Think

Foodies in the Bay Area have always had a special love affair with Dim Sum. Steamed buns, soup filled dumplings, crunchy rolls or Shumai, we’ll hunt down the most obscure storefront if the promise of fresh shrimp dumplings is inside.

However, with lines at popular Dim Sum restaurants forcing them only to serve customers who have a reservation, it’s time that Bay Area foodies start taking the easy way out: making their own.

While most Dim Sum tastes like something magical, none of it is terribly difficult to make, and if you’re patient, it’s going to taste just as good as what you’ll get after waiting in line for hours.

Here’s three of the best Dim Sum recipes around, no waiting required.

Har Gow (Dim Sum Shrimp Dumplings)

Har Gow is one of the most popular dumplings at most Dim Sum restaurants and the one that most people are leery of trying to make because no matter how well you prepare the filling, the wrapper has to be perfect or your dumpling will be a bust.

The author of this recipe says she’s been searching for the perfect Shrimp Dumpling recipe for over 6 months, and when she tried this one, she was in Dim Sum bliss!

If you’re ready to roll with the dough, check the recipe out here.530har-gow-906214_1920

BBQ Pork Puffs

Not to be confused with Cha Siu Bao – the steamed or baked buns filled with BBQ pork – these Pork Puffs are basically the same tasty BBQ pork, surrounded with a sweet puff pastry and topped with sesame seeds. This recipe is seriously simple to make, and if you have a Chinese grocery close to you, picking up the Chinese roast pork (char siu) will be a snap.

The only problem I found with this recipe is that I became addicted to these popable treats and ate most of them from my first batch. This is definitely a sweatpants wearing type of treat!

If you think you have the willpower to try this recipe, check it out here.

Honeyed Pork Buns (Baked Char Siu Bao)

A Dim Sum staple, Baked Char Siu Bao are another treat that once you’ve eaten one, you’re hooked. While pork buns are steamed, this recipe for the baked treat topped with honey is too good not to share. It’s nowhere near as easy as the first two recipes I listed, but with a bit of patience and cooking know-how, the work is worth the reward!

If you have the patience (and a stand mixer with a dough hook!) dive into this recipe here.

Of course, there are hundreds of Dim Sum offerings out there and just as many recipes, but this is an excellent introduction to how easy making these delicious snacks can be. Not only that, but it may save you a lot of time because now you won’t need to stand in line!530calves-540519_1280

What do you think about homemade Dim Sum? Are you ready to give it a go, or would you rather wait in line so you know your food will be perfect every time? Let us know in the comments below!

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