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Har Gow (Dim Sum Dumplings)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cantonese style har gow, shrimp dumplings with a transparent shell
Course: dim sum
Cuisine: Cantonese cuisine
Keyword: Dumpling, Har Gow
Servings: 24 making 24 Har Gow
Calories: 73 kcal
Author: Elaine
Har gow filling
  • 150 g deveined unshelled shrimp , pre-soak in cold water for 1 hour
  • 60 g minced bamboo , cooked
  • 60 g minced pork fat , cooked
  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 tsp. starch , potato starch or corn starch
Har gow dough
  • 1 cup Wheat Starch , around 120g
  • 1/3 cup Potato Starch , around 40g
  • 160 ml boiling hot water , plus 10ml more for adjusting
  • 20 ml vegetable oil
  1. Mix the two flours and add around 160ml to 170ml (in dryer climate) boiling hot water. Use a chopstick to stir in the water. Mix well and cover with a lid, set aside for 5 minutes to 10 minutes.
  2. Add 20ml vegetable oil. Traditionally we use pork lard in the dough. You can choose either one.
  3. Deal with the dough when it is still warm. Knead everything together to form a ball . The dough should be not too soft. It should be quite firm, similar to common dumpling dough. If the dough is too soft, it is hard to keep the shape after steaming and the skin lots its tenacity.
  4. Re-knead on operating board until smooth in surface. Cover with wet cloth and set aside for another 10 minutes.
  5. We can make 24 har gow out of the wrapper dough. So firstly divide the dough into halves and then each half 12 portions.Take one portion out and cover all the others with a wet cloth. Re-knead the small portion and shape it into a round ball.Brush a thin layer of oil on a wide slicing knife.Shape the dough to a round wrapper around 10cm in diameter. If you do not want to use a knife, try a rolling pin after flat it with knife. Be gently and do not break the wrapper. Gently separate it from the operating board with the knife. Take around 1 tablespoon of filling in center and assemble the har gow according to the tutorial in the video or any other ways you like. But seal them completely.
  6. Bring water to a boil on your stove. Brush some oil on the lined paper (so the dumplings will not stick to the paper) and place them in steam one by one. And then steam the dumplings for 5-6 minutes with high fire.
  7. Serve hot!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts is based on each single Har Gow.

Nutrition Facts
Har Gow (Dim Sum Dumplings)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.