Monday, July 11, 2011

Donabe pork shumai...healthier version

Donabe steaming time...

My donabe steamer, "Mushi Nabe", makes steaming dinner so fun. We cook everything at the dining table.

One of the dishes I like to steam in my donabe is Pork Shumai. Here's the basic recipe. For very juicy-style, you need ground pork with good fat content (marbled meat). But, there is a wonderful alternative for much leaner-style with full of flavor and juiciness. In the recipe, you can simply substitute the dry shiitake mushrooms with a small package (3 oz) of enoki mushrooms (or use both). You can just mince and add the enoki mushrooms to the mixture. Use leaner ground pork (about 3/4 pound) instead of marbled kind. Replace the lard with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.

My lighter version shumai is so juicy and fluffy. Simply delicious.

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I also steamed some homemade tofu. A couple of pieces got tipped over during steaming, but the flavor was as great as always:-) Here's the simple steam-tofu recipe.

Happy donabe life.