Sunday, December 30, 2007

Har Kow /Shrimp Dumplings.

Living here in US ,I sometime do crave for good dim sum. I find the dim sum here doesn't taste as good as the one back home. One of my favorite is “har kow’. The translucent skin and the sweetness of the shrimps are just delicious. Making ‘har kow’ is really easy especially over here you can get those ready pack flour to make the skin. All you have to do is mixed the flour with some hot water and you are good to go. Of course is easier just to buy it but I think food taste better when you make it yourself and is also much healthier as you know what ingredient you put into this little gems.

The key to perfect har kow is the skin must not be too thick and the shrimps have to be really fresh.

Ingredients :

1 packet of the shrimp dumplings flour
3/4 cup of hot water - more or less
1/2 salt

Filling :

1/2 pound of fresh shrimps - clean, shelled and roughly chopped
1 cloves of garlic - minced
2 spring onions - chopped
1/2 tsp of finely chopped ginger
a small bunch of cilantro (optional)
1 egg white
1 tbsp of cornstarch
1 tsp of cooking wine
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
salt and white pepper to taste

1) Mixed all the filling ingredients and set aside in the fridge for at least an hour.
2) Reserved about 3 tbsp of the flour. Combined the rest of the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour hot water in and mix it with a wooden spoon. Stir it until it became doughy.
3) If is too floury add a bit more hot water to it until it comes together and workable by hand. Pour the dough out on a working surface and knead until smooth.
4) Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 20 min.

5) Flour the work surface and roll out the dough into a log and cut it into small pieces.
6) Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and cut it round with a cookies cutter.

7) Put some filling into the center of the dough and wrap it up like how you fold a potstickers.
8) Grease a plate for steaming and steam the 'har kow' for 10 min in boiling water.
9) Serve warm.


Cat Cat said...

Wow Gert, those Har Gau looks so good... Did Carlos eat some too..??? I bet he likes dim sum...

Anonymous said...

Gert, tiap kali i buka blog you mesti time nak lunch.. buat i lapar sih..

Beachlover said...

Gert,now I know what that shrimp dumpling flour for!!..Hmmmm..We love seafood or shrimp.I always buy the ready to go "dim Sum" at bakery..Now I know I can make myself if I didn't go to city..I will try your recipe soon..Thank for sharing:))

Beachlover said...

oh!..yeah,,they called the skin "poh leh peh"..porcelien skin...yours are so lovely!!

Retno Prihadana said...

Hi Gert! I´m back from a long journey! You always have nice recipes. I love this recipe and really want to try it. I wish you and your family a happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gert, I'm new here at your blog. I love all the food that you have tried and tested here. Will be back to try some of the recipes. Bet they taste heavenly! You are so the rajin one la.

ICook4Fun said...

Cat, Carlos ate a few and he love Malaysia dim sum but not the one here :)

Ummi, ha haa

Beachlover,thank you. Is easy using this flour to make har kow. I prefer to make my own dim sum because the one from the store used a lot of pork fat which I don't like.

Retno, welcome back!! Happy New Year to you and your family too :)

Wiz, thanks for stopping by. Will hop over to your blog :)

Aiyah Nonya said...

I must really 'fook leh'.

In the middle of the night you make me feel like eating with those har kows. YUMMY !!!

Happy New Year !

Big Boys Oven said...

Wah so cool! I must try this recipe!

pearly said...

wooo you so clever look so lovely the harkow I bet test yummy too wish I were there to try .

happy new year 2008 to you and your family xxxxxxx

Salt N Turmeric said...

ur dim sum nampak betul2 macam kat msia. makan dgn black sos.... meleleh air liur! lol!

u said it girl. i too miss eating dim sum in msia. sigh..

ICook4Fun said...

Nonya, Happy New Year to you too :)

BBO, in Malaysia you can get good dim sum but not here :)

Pearly, you can make some for your family too :) Happy New Year to you and your family too.

PJ, dim sum sini tak sedap lah and I don't think you can find halal ones. Maybe you can make some for yourself :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks for posting the picture of the har kow flour, now I have to look for it in the store. My hubby simply loves har kow but unwilling to pay $2.95 for 4 in the HK dim sum restaurant. We have one HK dim sum here serves very good dim sum but pricy because most are medium, big & special price ranging from $2.95, $3.95 and $4.50. Expensive! They did put 2 shrimps in each har kow though, but hubby can't see that but only the price. So, I better make it myself eh?

ICook4Fun said...

LCOM, ha ha.. like your hubby I can't bring myself to paid $3.00 for a small plate of har kow so the next best thing to do is make it yourself. Try this because is really easy.

Big Boys Oven said...

Gert, we should make xia long bao! and post it, I think it will be fun!

ICook4Fun said...

BBO, is not easy to make xia long bao!! I had a recipe for it but is a lot of work :) Maybe later :)