Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Kanom Jeeb is a traditional recipe for Thai Dumplings.

Kanom Jeeb, also known as Khanom Jeeb and Kanom Jeep, are Thai Steamed Dumplings inspired by Pork Siu Mai dim sum from China.

We’ve traveled extensively through Thailand and eaten at all of the best Thai restaurants in Toronto. We’ve taken Thai cooking classes in Chang Mai and learned expert cooking techniques courtesy of the executive chef at JW Marriott Phuket Resort.

Cooking Thai food at home is oh so satisfying! Our flavourful Kanom Jeeb recipe takes under an hour to prepare and are the perfect addition to a Thai-inspired brunch menu.

These traditional Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed Dumplings feature simple and affordable ingredients like cilantro, garlic, ginger, ground pork, shrimp, fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg, scallions, wonton wrappers, rice wine vinegar and red chili.

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What Is Kanom Jeeb?

Kanom Jeeb, also known as Khanom Jeeb and Kanom Jeep, are Thai Dumplings inspired by Chinese Pork Siu Mai.

Kanom Jeeb in Thai translates to “pleated dumpling.”

The popular dim sum recipe from Thailand is prepared by hand. Thai Dumpling cooks place a circular wonton wrapper in one hand and then fill the centre with a minced pork and shrimp filling.

Khanom Jeeb are a steamed Thai Dumpling, gently cooked in a traditional bamboo steamer in under 10 minutes.

There are a few minor differences between the Chinese and Thai versions such as the use of ground white pepper and cilantro root.

Thai Steamed Dumplings are served with a spicy soy sauce-based dipping sauce and eaten with chopsticks.

Traditional homemade Kanom Jeeb Thai Dumplings recipe ingredients.
Traditional homemade Kanom Jeeb Thai Dumplings recipe ingredients.

Travel to Thailand by Cooking Kanom Jeeb at Home

I love traveling through Asia.

My first visit had me living in South Korea for a year as a teacher and it’s where I was first introduced to fermented vegetables like kimchi.

After my contract ended in Seoul I travelled throughout southeast Asia for 6 months, visiting the PhilippinesIndonesiaMalaysiaSingaporeCambodia, MyanmarThailandVietnam and Laos.

On my first visit I spent over a month backpacking through Thailand. I’ve revisited Thailand two times since as a food and travel journalist and always love to discover new regional dishes. Over the years I’ve explored Thai destinations such as Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, Chiang Khong, Chang Mai, Sukothai and Bangkok.

What I found most fascinating is Thailand’s distinct regional food cultures. Much like the regional cuisines found in GermanyItaly or Spain, each town in Thailand had its own local speciality.

In Thailand Kanom Jeeb are typically served as an appetizer at restaurants. Thai Dumplings can also be enjoyed on weekends for brunch via dim sum carts.

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Authentic Kanom Jeeb dumpling filling features minced pork & shrimp, egg, green onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, fish sauce and oyster sauce.
Authentic Kanom Jeeb dumpling filling features minced pork & shrimp, egg, green onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, fish sauce and oyster sauce.

Where To Eat Thai Steamed Dumplings

If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Thai restaurant that serves traditional Kanom Jeeb.

Haven’t traveled to Thailand before? It may be helpful to first sample Khanom Jeeb at a local Thai restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can also assess the ideal number of Thai Dumplings to offer each guest and the perfect complimentary side dishes to serve at the table.

I spent months researching the best Thai restaurants in Toronto, visiting popular restaurants that serve authentic Thai dishes such as Sabai Sabai, Sukothai, Khao San Road, Pai, Kiin, Bangkok Garden, Mengrai Thai and Favorites Thai BBQ. If you’re looking to sample authentic Thai Steamed Dumplings in Toronto try visiting one of these award-winning restaurants.

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Kanom Jeeb are traditional shrimp and pork Thai Steamed Pork Dumplings.
Kanom Jeeb are traditional shrimp and pork Thai Steamed Pork Dumplings.

Kanom Jeeb Recipe Health Benefits

OurKanom Jeeb recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!

It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.

Ginger contains at least 14 phytochemicals, many of which have impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a good source of copper, which supports your bones, blood and nervous system. 

Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Chili has been proven to help reduce the duration of sickness, prevent heart disease, and promote weight loss. 

A good source of bone-strengthening vitamin K, cilantro is also rich in antioxidants that help protect the eyes from damage by free radicals. 

Pork is an excellent source of protein and provides several important vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.

Seafood is a high-protein food that is low in calories, total fat, and saturated fat. High in vitamins and minerals, seafood has been shown to have numerous health benefits including decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity, and hypertension.

A useful source of copper, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, sesame seeds help support circulatory, digestive and skeletal health.

Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.

Steam Kanom Jeeb Thai Dumplings in a bamboo steamer.
SteamKanom Jeeb Thai Dumplings in a bamboo steamer.

Thai Dumplings Recipe Cooking Tips

This homemade Kanom Jeeb recipe is quick and easy to make at home.

  • Kanom Jeeb are cooked over boiling water in a Bamboo Steamer. You can purchase a bamboo steamer at Asian supermarkets or online.
  • For a more authentic taste of Thailand substitute brown sugar for palm sugar.
  • Add additional Thai flavours to your Thai Dumpling filling by adding a small amount of finely minced lime leaf, lemongrass, galangal or water chestnuts.
  • We’ve garnished the Kanom Jeeb with a crispy fried garlic chip but you can substitue for fish roe if you prefer.
Kanom Jeeb are our favourite Thai Steamed Dumplings to make at home.
Kanom Jeeb are our favourite Thai Steamed Dumplings to make at home.

What To Serve with Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed Dumplings

Kanom Jeep are typically serve as an appetizer or on a dim sum brunch menu.

You can enjoy Thai Dumplings on their own as a light lunch, midday snack or serve them as part of a multi-course Thai feast.

If you’re hosting a large Thai dinner party, we suggest serving homemade Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed Dumplings buffet-style with other popular Thai dishes like:

Thai Steamed Dumplings keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days so store it in an airtight container.

Serve Thai Dumplings with garlic chips and homemade dipping sauce.
Serve Thai Dumplings with garlic chips and homemade dipping sauce.

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We love serving Kanom Jeeb at Thai brunch as a dim sum-style appetizer.
We love servingKanom Jeeb at Thai brunch as a dim sum-style appetizer.
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How To Make Kanom Jeeb Thai Steamed Dumplings

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Kanom Jeeb Pork & Prawn Thai Steamed Dumplings

How to make traditional Kanom Jeeb. Our easy Thai Steamed Dumplings recipe are a tasty dim sum stuffed with pork and shrimp.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Kanom Jeeb, Thai Dumplings
Servings: 20
Calories: 125kcal

Equipment

  • Mortar & Pestle
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • French knife
  • Mixing bowls
  • Bamboo Steamer
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • whisk
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients

  • 1 Cilantro Root finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 inch Fresh Ginger peeled
  • 250 g Minced Pork
  • 100 g Raw Prawns finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 Scallion sliced
  • 20 Wonton Wrappers

Garlic Oil

  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves finely sliced

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili seeded and sliced

Instructions

  • In a mortar/pestle or food processor pound/blitz the cilantro root, black pepper, garlic, salt and ginger until it forms a paste.
  • In a large bowl, mix the paste together with the pork, prawns, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, cornstarch, scallion and egg. Set aside.
  • To make the garlic oil, heat the oil in a wok and fry the garlic until golden brown. Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl and set aside.
  • To make the dipping sauce, add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • To make the dumplings, touch your thumb and forefinger together to form an "o-shaped hole," Take one wonton wrapper at a time and drape it over the hole. Put a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the sheet, pushing down slowly then crimp the edges as you pass the dumping through your fingers. Continue until all the filling has been used up.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and side of each dumpling with garlic oil.
  • Place the Kanom Jeeb in a steam basket over boiling water, and cook until cooked through, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately topped with crispy fried garlic, drizzled with garlic oil and dipping sauce on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.1g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 2.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 0.9g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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