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Old 30-03-2005, 01:26 AM
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"Sheldon" wrote in message

jmcquown wrote:
I have no cornstarch. I have no arrowroot. I need something to help

together the filling for steamed (Asian) dumplings. I think flour

would be
too glutinous. Aside from going to the store, any suggestions?

Recipe follows:

3 oz. crab meat
6 oz. ground pork
6 large shrimp, minced*
1 Tbs. water
1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp. light soy sauce
1 Tbs. oil
1/2 tsp. pepper

*or 1 can baby shrimp, well drained
Combine all ingredients except wonton wrappers. Place 1 Tbs. filling

in the
center of each wrapper and fold and pinch to seal with moistened

Cover and steam over boiling water 20-25 minutes.


I've actually watched such items as dumpling/wonton filling being made
at Chinese restaurants (I'm always snooping at food prep), they don't
use corn starch or any other starch as a binder... they use egg white
(no yolk)... starch is a great thickener (and filler) but a really
lousy binder, especially when ingredients begin to ooze liquid... in
the above recipe the cornstarch is there to absorb the liquid steaming
from the meat during cooking, otherwise by the time it's served
there'll be a puddle in the dish and the filling texture will become
like it's pre-eaten... the egg is the binder... if you have no starch
you may want to add a small bit of cooked white rice to the mixture.
But I'd question the Asian authenticity of that recipe when it calls
for whole egg.

I got the recipe when we lived in Bangkok. Have you never heard of whole
egg stirred into fried rice? I think I'll just add a tiny bit of flour as
Barb suggested.