Guangdong Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow)
English Name,Shrimp Dumpling
Chinese Name,虾饺 (Xiā jiǎo)
Place of Origin,Guangdong-Guangzhou
Shrimp dumplings also known as Har Gow is a popular Han traditional snack in Guangdong Province made from wheat starch. It is of Cantonese origin that originated from a tea shop in the Guangzhou outskirts of 河涌 (He Yong).
The snack which is very famous in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province has other names such as Crystal shrimp dumplings and Cantonese-style shrimp dumplings.
Shrimp dumpling is one of the most famous and beautiful dim sum dishes. The wheat starch that is used to prepare the snack gives it more transparent and crystal-like appearance.
Typical traditional shrimp dumplings are half-moon in shape, translucent, stuffed with shrimps, meat, bamboo shoots and tastes delicious.
Some main ingredients used in the preparation of the snack include: Raw shrimps, Wheat starch (澄粉- Chéng fěn), cooked pork fat (肥膘肉- Féi biāo ròu), scallion and shredded bamboo shoots. The main spices are: Salt, sugar, sesame oil, monosodium glutamate and pepper.
The history of Shrimp dumplings can be traced back to the early 20th century. It originated from a teashop in the village of Wu at Wufeng Township, a suburb of Guangzhou.
It was said that the Wu Village, which was very prosperous at the time was a beautiful place surrounded by rivers rich in fishes and shrimps. There were often fishing boats at the river selling fishes.
There was this dim sum restaurant owner, in order to attract customers, developed a fantastic idea. He decided to stuff his dumplings with the locally produced shrimps together with pork, bamboo shoots, etc. to make it more appealing to his customers.
The dumplings tasted delicious and soon, became famous in the nearby city of Guangzhou after major restaurant began selling it.