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I've been contemplating about adding a few drops of [Food Grade] floral essential oils or whole flowers in the dim sum boiler so as to impart a mild flavor and fragrance to momo dumplings.

Kindly advise me which globally available flowers will bond best with savory momo dumplings.

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  • Welcome to the site @LoveBites, unfortunately asking what pairing are "best" is opinion based and therefore off topic. When it comes to opinion nobody can be right or wrong. – GdD Jan 16 at 15:53
  • It sounds like it would be a delicious series of experiments to embark on to find your own favorites! – Erica Jan 16 at 21:58
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I would not do this. Essential oils can be highly toxic if ingested and cannot be diluted properly in water. Its possible that a single drop in your steamer water would not make you or anyone else ill, but I still wouldn't take the risk. No trustworthy source that I can find advises taking internally any kind of essential oil in any quantity.

  • I have access to lab tested and government approved Food grade essential oils. Essential oils are the primary source of natural flavorings in the food manufacturing industry. – Love Bites Jan 16 at 15:13
  • That's interesting stuff to work with @LoveBites, be aware they are extremely concentrated! – GdD Jan 16 at 15:51
  • @LoveBites why wouldn't you just make good quality dumplings, that when cooked, let off their own wonderful aroma instead? – StevenXavier Jan 17 at 14:32
  • @GdD Thanks for the encouragement. I've prior experience of developing essential oil blends for making soft drink aka soda flavour concentrates, so I'm comfortable working with them. – Love Bites Jan 17 at 17:04
  • @StevenXavier Why would you assume my dumplings are not already of good quality? I've developed my own vegan filling and even hard core carnists prefer my ones over traditional chicken momos as prevalent in India. I don't want to add anything more to the filling because momos are not only served as steamed but are also marinated and tandoor roasted to be later used in the gravy based Chilli Momos. Hence the idea to use steam for flavor delivery, which will also work good for steamed Tingmo bread. – Love Bites Jan 17 at 17:11

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