There's so many ways to spell this so I'm going to use the simple english version "Shrimp Dumplings". Also called/spelled "har gau, har kau, har gao, ha gao, ha gow, ha gau, har gaw, ha gaw, har kaw, ha gaau, har cow, har gaau, etc".
Monday, December 13, 2010
Shrimp dumplings are traditional dumplings served as Dim Sum (a traditional Cantonese dish that involves small portions of different types of dumplings served in steamer baskets or small plates. It is also said when going to eat dim sum "To go Yum Cha" which means "Drink Tea").
It's usually about 2-4 dollars per dish, and it adds up. Its usually around 40-60 dollars for my family to go for good dim sum, which means we only go ever once in awhile. I found a cheap and easy way to get yummy dumplings whenever I want and for a cheap price!
I don't cook them in the microwave because I find them to be really dry and tough. I really love using the steamer because most dumplings are steamed. The steamer I got was actually a present I got for my mom because she loves steaming vegetables. It's such a great buy! When you steam them for 20 minutes they are perfectly cooked. The shrimp is crisp, and the skin of the dumpling is chewy and somewhat gooey but not too soggy that it rips. I also found that the trick for easy handling is to either put lettuce or saran wrap under the dumplings so you can easily pick them up without the skin sticking to the bottom of the steamer and ripping.
There are different types of dumplings you can also buy in this brand. There's also one package I remember buying that had a variation of dumplings for it was really cool! I totally recommend trying this out because it saves you money and you can make them whenever you're in the mood for dumplings. They are about 4-6 dollars for a package.