International Recipes

Yip Jai (Steamed Dumplings)

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  • 12 ti leaves for wrapping
  • Oil


  • 2 pounds sweet rice flour
  • 3 1/3 cups water

Filling (Sweet)

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts

Filling (Salty)

  • 2 cups chopped char siu
  • 1 cup shredded jicama
  • 4 stalks green onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix flour with water in a large bowl. Mix and knead until dough is workable. Wash ti leaves and cut out the tough vein back. Cut leaves into 2 x 5-inch pieces. Oil with vegetable oil on both sides. Set aside.
  2. Make filling of choice.
  3. Take a piece of dough the size of a golf ball. Roll and flatten this in your hand. Put 2 tablespoons filling in the center. Wrap the ti leaf around outside, leaving the top open. Secure with a wooden pick, if necessary. Place in a greased bamboo steamer. Steam over boiling water for 15 minutes.

Yield: approximately 20 dumplings for each pound of flour

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