Kitchen Tips

Full steam ahead with Five Steamed Sensations

Now that you’ve discovered why steaming is the healthiest cooking method, we’ve found five Asian recipes that harness the power of steam.

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Steamed coral cod on lotus leaf

By steaming a whole coral cod inside a lotus leaf, you’re not only locking in all the flavours of the fish, you’re also imparting the flesh with the gentle notes of lotus leaf and goji berries.

Steamed Coral Cod with Goji on Lotus Leaf

Steamed fish cake

For a healthy twist on the classic Thai fish cake, try these delicious steamed fish cakes flavoured with kaffir lime, chilli and coconut.

Thai Steamed Fish Cake Recipe

Chinese steamed buns with char siu pork

No dim sum meal is complete without a serve of fluffy char siu bau. Keen home cooks can have a go at making them at home with this high-tech recipe for Chinese steamed buns.

Chinese Steamed Buns with Char Siu Pork Filling (Char Siu Bao)

Steamed egg with XO prawns

Similar to a Japanese chawanmushi, this Chinese-style steamed egg custards with XO sauce have a delicate, soft-set texture.

Steamed Egg with XO Sauce

Guava buns

Don’t let the name put you off: there’s no tropical fruit in these Chinese guava buns. Instead, these golden steamed parcels contain a mixture of minced pork, Chinese sauce and spring onion. Steam for seven minutes then serve with soy sauce. 

Guava Buns

For more on steaming, read our expert tips on cooking with a steamer, or learn how to make your own dumplings from scratch.

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