Har Gow, Crystal Skin Shrimp Dumplings

Stretchy translucent dough filled with plump moist chunks of shrimps, this might be the most popular dim sum dumpling.

The filling for har gow is very straightforward, shrimp and pork fat, but for these that I have made, I have used an egg white instead of pork fat. I was also out of bamboo shoots, so I used water chestnuts instead.

Har gow 1 agj

Filling

300 g raw shrimps or prawns

2 tbsp finely chopped bamboo shoots
 or water chestnuts

1 tsp soy sauce


1 tsp Shaoxing wine or dry sherry

1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil


1 stalk scallion

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp cornstarch


1/2 egg white

1/4 tsp ground white pepper


Mix the filling ingredients together and let stand on the counter while you make the dough.

Har gow 3 agjWrappers

1 1/4 cup  wheat starch (not flour)

1/4 cup tapioca starch

1 cup boiling water


1 tbsp lard or neutral oil( I used oil)

Har gow 4 agj

Combine wheat starch and tapioca starch n a medium bowl, pour in the boiling water and add the lard while mixing in one direction with a spoon or dowel.

While it’s hot, knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until smooth but firm. If the dough is too sticky add a bit more wheat starch.

When done the dough should be soft and not sticky.

Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll each section into an 8-inch-long sausage. Place dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, so it won’t dry out.

Har gow 5 agjCut the dough again in 8 equal parts. Place a piece of dough between two small pieces of parchment and flatten with the backside of a heavy clever or underside of a pan. Then, using a dumpling dowel or a small rolling-pin, start to roll from the center out, until you get a 3 to 4 inches disc in diameter and betweet 1/16 to 1/8-inch thick . Place the finished wrappers back in a plate and cover until you finish rolling out the remaining dough.

The thinner you roll the dough the more translucent it will be.

Har gow 7 agj

 

Filling the wrapper

Pleat one edge of the wrapper and make it into a cup.

Drop a teaspoon of filling into the center of the wrapper, try not to get filling on the outside edge, press together the smooth and pleated sides to lock in the filling.

Place dumplings in a steamer, cook on a wok or a pot over full steam. Steam over high heat for 8-10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with a dipping sauce and remember that the dumplings can be scalding hot right away.

The best part with these dumlings besides the taste, they did not stick to the steamer 🙂

Dumpling sauce

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup rice vinegar

2 cloves of finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 stalk of scallion, chopped

Har gow 6

 

 

Filipino banana ketchup

I expected tomato ketchup when I asked for ketchup, but instead I got this sweet strange sauce. Being six years old I could not understand why every thing had to taste strange and different.

Now as an adult, I’ve learned to appreciate the sauce with barbecue.
Urban legend says that the ketchup came about when the american soldiers came to the Philippines and the demand for ketchup became greater than what was available. There were hardly any tomatoes in the Philippines, but there was an abundance of bananas.
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ingredients:
0.5 dl raisins
0.25 dl onions
2 cloves minced garlic
0.5 dl tomato pure
2 large ripe bananas
1.5 dl cider vinegar
4.5 dl water
0.5 dl sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon ground chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon dark rum
Combine raisins, onions, garlic, tomato pure, bananas, water, sugar and 2/3 of apple cider vinegar in a sauce pan.

Bring this to a boil and blend the mixture with an immersion blender, add the rest of the vinegar, salt and the chili flakes.

Let this simmer for about an hour on medium heat.  Stir once in a while so the sauce won’t burn. If the mixture gets to thick, dilute with a little water.

Add the rest of the spices and let this simmer another 30 minutes until you get the consistency of ketchup.
Store the sauce in clean bottles or jars.