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All you've ever wanted to know about shumai: terminology, history, and preparation. A staple in Dim Sum cuisine, Shumai (literally "to cook and to sell") is an open-topped steamed pork (sometimes with shrimp) dumpling that originated in tea houses along the Silk Road in Cantonese China and spread globally. Many provinces of China as well as nearby countries have developed regional variations of the original dumpling. This webpage covers in significant detail the name, meaning, etymology, history, origin, variations, ingredients, and recipe of shumai.