Lo Mai Gai (Dim Sum Leaf Wraps)

"This classic Dim Sum recipe has some people complaining that the amount of filling/rice to the leaf ratio is not enough. If so, feel free to double the filling/rice recipe and any extra filling can be steamed after you have made and filled a few little aluminium foil boats. The filling is that good!! Times do not include marinading and preparations made ahead time."
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  • One hour ahead of time, prepare the rice and lotus leaves: Soak the lotus leaves in hot water for 1 hour. Cover the rice with water and let soak for 1 hour. Pat dry the leaves and drain the rice.
  • When ready to create the filling, start by steaming the rice. While rice is cooking, soften the dried mushrooms by soaking in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Squeeze out any excess water, remove the stems and finely chop.
  • Next, cut the chicken into small cubes about the size of a postage stamp. Add the salt, 1 tablespoon rice wine and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.
  • Finely chop the sausages. Peel and chop the garlic. 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.
  • At this point, the rice should be ready and you have a few separate components of the dish ready.
  • Heat a wok or heavy frying pan 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.
  • 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. (can be made ahead of time and refrigerated).
  • To make the wraps, separate the rice and the filling into 8 equal sections, 1 section for each wrap. Lay out a lotus leaf in front of you. Place a half portion of the rice mixture into the center of a lotus leaf. With your fingers, shape into a thick flat oval. 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.
  • Form a square parcel with the lotus leaf and tie it up with twine. Repeat with the remaining lotus leaves.
  • Steam the lotus leaf parcels, covered, on a heatproof plate in a bamboo steamer for 15 minutes, or until they are done. Serve immediately.

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