DIM SUM MONTH: Creamy salmon & egg in rice wrapper rolls

DIM SUM MONTH: Creamy salmon & egg in rice wrapper rolls


WHAT:  Stuffed rice wrapper rolls they call “cheung fun“!

WHY:  These gorgeous and elegant beauties are often overlooked on the dim sum table because of their less flashy appearances, mellow flavor profiles, and batters with the wrong ratio that results in unfortunate, mushy-textured wrappers.  Well, that ain’t their fault, in fact, cheung-fun is the most versatile blank canvas waiting for someone who appreciates its possibilities.

HOW:  In restaurants, this dish is always made to order.  The rice batter is usually steamed with the filling on top then rolled into a log and served with sweet soy sauce.  This method has its virtues but also, many flaws.  It is convenient from a restaurant’s perspective, allowing them to serve the dish hot and speedy, but not necessarily so from a creative point of view.  Making the dish to order will be unrealistic to pull off for at-home dinner parties, and steaming the wrappers and the fillings simultaneously will greatly limits its possibilities.  So, we are going to prepare the rice wrappers beforehand, and assemble them with the filling at the last minute.  In my wildest dreams where money flows like abs in a Channing Tatum movie, I would make the filling with gently poached lobster meat and XL lumpy blue crabs tossed together with herby mayonnaise and a few popping jewels of ikura (Japanese cured salmon roes).  But I live in the real world.  As you can see that my XXL Magic Mike-version is reduced down to slow baked then torched salmon with cheap-but-not-sad 15-seconds magic scrambled eggs.  Still Magic, just less Mike.  Serve the dish on a hot plate and simmering sweet soy sauce to bring the warmth back.  Hey, still fucking sexy.

By the way, most of the recipes in DIM SUM MONTH is designed to be prepared ahead of time.  Make each items and store them in the freezer (well, not this particular recipe), and at the end of the month, we’re going to have a dim sum blowout party.  See ya!

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Yield: Approx 8~10 rolls

For the RICE WRAPPER recipe, I strongly recommend measuring by weight (not volume).


  • 3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (100 grams) short grain rice flour
  • 1/4 cup (33 grams) potato starch
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (267 grams) water
  • FILLING: (see note)
  • 1 lb (500 grams) mid-cut salmon
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp finely diced scallions
  • 1 tbsp plain mayonnaise
  • 1 portion 15-seconds magic scrambled eggs (3 eggs)
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup (94 grams) soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp (31 grams) light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 grams) water


  1. This instruction differs from how restaurants typically do it, which is to always steam the cheung-fun/rice wrapper and the fillings together simultaneously, right before serving. Here, I prepare the cheung-fun/rice wrapper separately and beforehand. It gives me more control to play with the fillings, and makes them easier to prepare for a party.
  2. PREPARE THE CHEUNG-FUN/RICE WRAPPER: Make the wrappers up to 4 hours before serving. Check out RICE RIBBON for more referrences. In a jar that's easy to pour, whisk together rice flour, potato starch and water.
  3. For steamer, you can use any large pot with a rack placed in the middle to hold the mold/pan. I used a 6" (15 cm) square cake-pan as my mold to make the rice wrapper because 1) It fits into my steamer/pot (see photo). 2) It's just the right size for one single roll. If you have a larger steamer that can allow a bigger pan that will cut down the number of time of steaming, you can do that as well.
  4. Fill the steamer/pot with enough water just below the steamer-rack, then bring to a boil over high heat. Brush the pan with a bit of canola oil and place it on top of the rack. Give the batter a little whisk (do this every time before you pour), then pour just enough batter to create a thin film on the bottom of the pan. ADJUST THE POT so that it's LEVELED, and that the batter is evenly thick on all sides. Close the lid and steam on high heat for 1 min. The wrapper is ready when you see large air bubbles when you remove the lid. Brush the top surface of the wrapper with a little canola oil, then tilt the pan over a piece of parchment paper so it faces downward, then scrape the wrapper off so it falls onto the parchment. Repeat until you've used up all the batters, and keep each wrappers sandwiched between parchments. Plastic-wrap the whole stack and set aside until needed.
  5. PREPARE FILLING: Two hours before serving. Preheat the oven on 155 F/70 C. Rub the 1 tbsp of salt all over the salmon and let sit for 20 min, after which, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel. Place on a piece of parchment paper and rub the salmon with a bit of olive oil, then wrap tightly with the parchment. Place in the middle baking-rack (NO BAKING SHEET) and bake for 1:20 hour. Crumble the salmon into large pieces, and if you have a blow-torch, torch the surfaces so they're a bit charred. Gently toss the salmon with scallions and mayo (do the same if you're using lobster or lumpy crab meats). Set aside. Make the magic scrambled eggs. Set aside.
  6. Lay one cheung-fun/rice wrapper with the oiled side down (that would be the top surface when it came out of the steamer, which is the pretty side). Scatter a few cilantro leaves across the middle, then a bit of salmon fillings and scrambled eggs. Gently roll it together, and repeat (only make as many as you're serving).
  7. Place the rolls on a hot plate (the dish should be warm when served). In a small pot, bring soy sauce, light brown sugar and water to a simmer until the sugar has melted, then spoon the sauce over the rice rolls. Serve immediately.


If your budget allows, you can switch to using lobster or large lumpy crab meats, or a combination of the two. I would gently poach the lobster, then cut the meat into small pieces. Toss the lobster meats together with lobster roes (or the "brain"), lumpy crab meats and the scallion mayo. If you have enough of this, you can even omit the scrambled eggs and go delux.

  • Flore @ The Flo Show

    February 14, 2017 at 7:32 PM Reply

    Mandy you’re my absolute hero!!
    This is simply fantastic. I love the idea of making your own “sheets”. There are so many things you can wrap in those marvels. I love the BBQ pork ones with tons of fresh cilantro (coriander). I have to find a recipe for a good filling to imitate the one I get in Australia at “yum cha”.
    I’m starting to imagine a black sesame thingy… it would be gorgeous sweet too.

  • Sarah

    February 14, 2017 at 10:38 PM Reply

    I never knew I would freaking crave dim sum (please forgive me – it’s not a common thing where I live). I have no doubt that all the bland looking ones out there tastes amazing – but yours are just …. another level! I keep checking back every day for a new dim sum fix and although I know it’s a bit unrealistic to expect a new recipe every day, I am happy looking at the same ones over and over because: DIM SUM and then some.

  • Melinda

    February 14, 2017 at 10:55 PM Reply

    Mandy STOP already with the dim sum. You’re killing me to death over here in the dim sum desert where I live (north Carolina Sad!) PLUS add to it that your dim sums look better than any I have ever seen from one side of this ridiculous country to the other. I LOVE rice paper rolls but have never seen them look so delicious. I am going to eat my monitor now.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  • Meg Zhang

    February 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy!

    I found this is basiclly your 肠粉 version of your hot dog haha

  • Meg Zhang

    February 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy!

    I found this is basically 肠粉 version of your hot dog haha!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      February 15, 2017 at 1:26 PM Reply

      Meg, hahaa yes! Since I couldn’t have my Magic Mike version, I might as well go back to my comfort zone. But the recipe is really about showing people how to make cheung fun. Let the filling run wild!

  • Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands

    February 15, 2017 at 12:59 AM Reply

    Seriously, gorgeous recipe aside, I have to comment on the artistry here: Your photos of the rolls looks like a movie poster, like a horror movie made by Brian DePalma or something! Gor-geous!

  • Jenny // HelloMyDumpling.com

    February 15, 2017 at 3:13 AM Reply

    THESE LOOK AWESOME!! I want to lick my computer screen

  • Kari

    February 15, 2017 at 7:09 AM Reply

    Those sound so delicious!

  • June

    February 15, 2017 at 12:33 PM Reply

    Wow gotta try this out!!! Do you have any tips for pouring the batter into the pan? I always have a problem with pouring batter into a thin and even layer….

  • Alex

    February 16, 2017 at 11:24 PM Reply

    So sexy, indeed! I love ordering these at Nom Wah here in NYC. They serve them stuffed with three large juicy shrimp, swimming in a sweet soy sauce bath and a bit of toasted sesame oil.

  • Cordelia

    February 20, 2017 at 7:11 PM Reply

    I tried making this, but with pre-made wrappers (would love to try making them but I need a pan first) They were so so so good, thank you! The sweet soy sauce was a great final touch.

  • Travel Umroh

    February 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM Reply

    Food that looks very tasty and delicious

  • Eva

    March 5, 2017 at 4:55 AM Reply

    Hey Mandy,

    Can I use these rice wrappers for cold (summer) spring rolls as well? Or are they meant to only be served warm? It would be a great substitution for store bought, since I hate the ones we have here;

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      March 5, 2017 at 12:38 PM Reply

      Eva, they can be used as room-temperature but not cold. This is not the Vietnamese rice wrapper :)

  • Rose M

    March 25, 2017 at 4:04 AM Reply

    I have been searching for a good rice noodle recipe and this looks amazing. Just a question. Most of the recipes I have seen, whether for Vietnamese, Chinese, etc, call for tapioca flour rather than potato starch (the other proportions of the ingredients and the method is pretty much consistent). Do you have an opinion as to which I should be using? Tapioca flour is definitely easier to find, though I live in New York so conceivably should be able to find anything.

    I made the rice/tapioca flour noodles and they came out find, but a bit denser than what I was expecting.


    • mandy@ladyandpups

      March 25, 2017 at 11:49 AM Reply

      Rose,I didn’t try making it with tapioca so I don’t know. Theoretically, potato starch is softer than tapioca. You can get potato starch on amazon :)

  • Emma

    April 24, 2018 at 10:37 PM Reply

    The soy sauce looks like a splash of water colour………so beautifully plated!

  • Bettany

    October 8, 2021 at 5:10 PM Reply

    The best roll is made with salmon, avocado, honey, spicy sauce, and semi seeds. It may seem challenging to prepare raw fish, but many cities have serviceable seafood stores for sushi. https://writemypaperbro.com/ writing about great places in NY to purchase salmon or raw fish for sushi.

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