I am originally from Malaysia and my husband, Mark is from Montana. We have two beautiful daughters and have always tried to incorporate unique parts of our culture into their upbringing.
Going for dim sum with the girls on weekends has always been a tradition that we have all enjoyed immensely. The girls are teenagers now and we still go for dim sum and one of the must have items when the carts roll around is har gow.
Har gow is my oldest daughter, Emma’s favorite. Emma is nineteen and back then and sometimes even now, when we go for dim sum we always get at least 2 orders of har gow because we know how much Emma enjoys them.
Har gow is a steamed shrimp dumpling that is traditionally served at dim sum. The shrimp is enclosed in an outer wrapping made from wheat flour and water which becomes translucent when steamed.
The outer wrapper is folded to form pleats and the number of pleats and the presentation of the final product is said to be the test of a good dim sum chef.
It really is quite pretty but don’t let the simplicity fool you. Har gow is delicious and very flavorful which is why it is a must have item on the menu for any self respecting dim sum restaurant.