Grain Free Dim Sum’s

14 Apr

We love Dim Sums.

Steamed balls of deliciousness – plain & simple.

Soft melt in your mouth pastry filled with the tastiest pork filling dipped in sticky, sweet soy dipping sauce. Mmmm, I am salivating at the thought.

Going healthy means giving up our Dim Sums, right?

Not for this Mama Going Natural.

After a few dismal failures we have finally hit on a Dim Sum recipe to rival our local Chinese shop. Actually a certain member of the family claims them to be better than the “Real McCoy” – now that’s high praise indeed.

So whats the secret to making delicious “Grain Free” Dim Sums – lettuce.

I know what your thinking “Ohh Gross”, lettuce belongs in salads – right?. Wrong!. Lettuce is the star & hero of this dish. It wraps around your succulent filling giving it a moist, soft, yet slightly crispy shell that is to die for.

Don’t believe me – try them – I dare you – I double dare you!!


And I promise you that this recipe will make it into your family favourites, as it has mine 🙂

Healthy Grain Free Dim Sums a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

Dim Sums

  • Aprox 10 large iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Toothpicks  – for securing your rolls
  • 500gm Pork mince
  • 1/2 an onion finely diced
  • 1 T super finely diced Ginger
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/8 t chilli powder
  • 1/2 t honey
  • 1 t Tamari
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1 1/2 c finely diced cabbage

Cooking Water

  • 3 star anise
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 T Tamari

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 T ginger grated
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T Tamari
  • 1/4 t chilli powder

Mix all of the above Dim Sum ingredients together well in a bowl (minus the lettuce leaves & toothpicks). Set the mix to the side and wash your lettuce leaves. Place sausage shapes of the mix down the middle of each leaf & roll the leaf around the meat mix, securing with a toothpick. Don’t worry about the ends being tucked under as the mix holds together well in simmering water.

Once you have all of your lettuce rolled Dim Sums made fill a large pot 1/2 full with water & add all of the cooking water ingredients. Let it come to a gentle simmer. Don’t put your Dim Sum’s in boiling water as this may cause them to disintegrate. Cook your Dim Sums for approximately 10 minutes per batch & drain well.

To make the dipping sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl & season with salt & pepper to taste.

Break out the chopsticks and prepare to have your taste bud’s rocked!


Now credit where credit is due. This is actually a healthier adaptation of my little sister’s Dim Sum recipe, so kudos has to go out to Lillie for making a rocking Dim Sum & inspiring me to “healthy it up” a little.

For the record while she did concede my Dim Sums were nice, she has decided to stick with the pastry originals – what can I say, she’s a purist like that!

Till Next time


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