Yup, there is something not right with the food I eat. You shouldn't find this on the menu at your favorite Chinese restaurant let alone on your plate. Make these yum yum treats to serve to your high-class friends...low-class too.
Har gow are classic shrimp filled steamed dumplings usually served at dim sum, kinda like brunch. They are one of the many treats you select from the rolling serving carts in restaurants that serve dim sum. At the end of the meal, the waiters count up the used plates on your table to tally up your bill. What's next,
And if you want more tea, you signal others to politely pour you a cup by scratching the table in a tapping motion, coincidence?
CAUTION: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you are not allowed to use things like knives and the stove, teach your kids to cook.
NOTE: I did not make these in the shape of Mickey Mouse. That would have been tasteless. Kids on the site, ya know.
Step 1: Scurry for ingredients
I used frozen shrimp because that was handy. The package says they are cleaned but that only means the intestinal tract was gutted out. You still have to rip off the crawler legs, tail and shell.
I would prefer to use fresh shrimp and go for the better softer texture than you get with frozen shrimp.
It doesn't really matter what size the shrimp is since you will chop it up for the filling. But don't use those tiny tiny shrimp though.
Additional for filling,
a bit of chopped bamboo shoot or water chestnut
it adds a little bit of crunch
ground pepper - can use white pepper
have a few whole peppercorns to use for the "eyes", black sesame seeds or something similar would work.
cornstarch - just a bit to help the mass bind
any other seasonings - drop of wine or soy sauce, etc.
For the dumpling skin:
You may need to find an Asian market or visit a market with a good international selection of imported foodstuffs.
Tapioca Starch - this gives the skin its translucent property
Wheat Starch - this is not the same as regular wheat flour
a drop of oil to keep it from sticking
boiling water to mix