Dim Sum question
When I get beef meatballs at our local dim sum houses, the meat balls have some type of leaf or something under them that they are steamed with, does anyone know what this is? I made beef meatballs this weekend but was wondering about this other ingredient?
Do you mean the piece of nappa cabbage that is tucked under to prevent sticking with the bamboo steamer? Or something else ...
I'm not sure this is an "ingredient" per se, but an accourtrement.
With all due respect to the others who have answered this question thus far....
In New York's Chinatown, if it is a leafy green vegetable with stem, it is usually watercress. I have also seen bean curd sheets used as well. for this Beef Meatball Dim Sum item.
There are many items the meat balls rest on.
Napa Cabbage (white leaf with some light green trim), water cress (dark green), yuba bean curb sheets (white to light brown) or whatever a well meaning chef can think of.
Of all these I like water cress the best since it will add a light taste to the meat balls.