Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai)

Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai)

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
202 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 10g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lo Mai Gai (lotus leaf wraps) is a popular dim sum dish that is made by steaming lotus leaves filled with sticky rice, Chinese sausages, and other vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 4 lotus leaves (cut in half)
  • 1 1/4 cups glutinous rice (sticky rice)
  • 4 Chinese dried black mushrooms
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 Chinese sausages (lap cheong)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch (dissolved in 1 tablespoon water)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for stir-frying (or as needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (or white pepper)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai) ingredients

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  2. One hour ahead of time, prepare the rice and lotus leaves. Soak the lotus leaves in hot water for 1 hour.

    Soak the lotus leaves in hot water

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  3. Cover the rice with water and let soak for 1 hour.

    Cover the rice with water in a bowl

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  4. After 1 hour, pat the lotus leaves dry and drain the rice.

    pat the lotus leaves dry

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  5. Next, steam the rice. Line a bamboo steamer with parchment paper or cabbage leaf. Fill a wok approximately to the halfway point with water so that the steamer will be sitting above the water without touching. Bring the water to a boil cover the rice and steam for about 20 minutes. Remove the rice, cover and keep warm while preparing the remainder of the ingredients.

    steam the rice in a steamer

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  6. Soften the dried mushrooms by soaking in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.

    Soften the dried mushrooms by soaking in hot water

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  7. Squeeze out any excess water from the mushrooms, remove the stems and finely chop.

    Squeeze out any excess water from the mushrooms and chop

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  8. Cut the chicken into small cubes about the size of a postage stamp.

    Cut the chicken into small cubes

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  9. Add the salt, 1 tablespoon rice wine and 1 teaspoon cornstarch to a bowl, mix. Add chicken pieces and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.

    chicken and marinade in a bowl

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  10. Finely slice the sausages. Peel and chop the garlic.

    Finely slice the sausages and garlic

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  11. In a small bowl, combine the rice wine, light soy, and dark soy sauce. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water, and whisk into the sauce.

    In a small bowl, combine the rice wine, light soy, and dark soy sauce with a cornstarch mixture

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  12. Heat a wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the chicken cubes. Stir-fry until they turn white and are 80 percent cooked through.

    chicken cooking in a wok

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  13. Add the sausages and the mushrooms. Stir-fry for a minute. Give the sauce mixture a quick re-stir then add in the middle, stirring quickly to thicken. Season with pepper to taste. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes to mix everything together and heat through. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Cool.

    chicken, sausage, sauce and mushrooms cooking in a wok

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  14. To make the wraps, separate the rice and the filling into 8 equal sections, 1 section for each wrap. Lay a lotus leaf in front of you. Place a portion of the rice mixture into the center of a lotus leaf. Add the meat and vegetable mixture over top, shaping the rice with your hands so that it forms a ring around the filling. Add more rice to cover.

    rice and chicken mixture on a lotus leaf

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  15. Form a square parcel with the lotus leaf and tie it up with twine. Repeat with the remaining lotus leaves.

    Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai) tied with twine

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  16. Steam the lotus leaf parcels, covered, on a heatproof plate placed in a bamboo steamer in the wok for 15 minutes, or until they are done.

    Lotus Leaf Wraps (Lo Mai Gai) in a steamer

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