These are the steamed shrimp dumplings that become opaque or translucent after steaming.
Har Gow Dough:
- 2 TB Potato starch
- 1 cup Wheat starch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water, plus 3 TB Boiling water
- 1 tsp lard
- Wheat starch for dusting
- 1/2 lb Raw shrimp, peeled and -chopped
- 1/4 lb Precooked salad shrimp, -chopped
- 2 ounces Pork fat, chopped fine
- 1/4 cup bamboo shoots, chopped
- 1/4 tsp Ground white pepper
- 1/4 tsp Grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Sesame oil
- 1 TB Chopped green Onion
- 1 egg white
- 1 TB Dry sherry
- 1 TB cornstarch
- Place all filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well, by hand until the ingredients form a smooth and rather firm stuffing.
- This will take about 2 minutes.
- Dough:Measure both starches and salt into a small mixing bowl.
- Quickly pour the boiling water into the starches while stirring with chopsticks until you get a partially cooked dough.
- Do not overwork the dough. Quickly add the lard in little pinches and then knead until smooth.
- When the dough is smooth, after about 2 minutes' kneading, cover it with the mixing bowl and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before shaping.
- To shape the dumplings, pull just a bit more than 1 tsp of dough from the ball.
- Keep the remainder of the dough covered with the bowl. Roll the small amount into a ball and place onto a floured marble board.
- Roll out into a circle about 3 inches in diameter.
- Place 1 t of the shrimp filling in the center of the circle of dough and fold over into a half-moon.
- Use a tiny bit of water for sealing the edges. Be sure to gently press out all the air.
- If you wish, you can form little pleats in the dough for added decoration.
- Steam on an oiled bamboo steaming rack for 12 minutes.
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