Har Gow Shrimp dim sum

Shrimp dumplings are one of the favorite dim sums of all time. Commonly known as har gow or Xia jiao in Cantonese, they are one of the most popular served steamed dim sum. My passion for dim sum is so big, that as many of you know, I took a dim sum recipe course last year. In this course, I learned the dim sum recipe for Siu Mai, the pork and shrimp dumpling, as well as the crystal shrimp dim sum, better known as har gow in Cantonese.

The Har gow dim sum or shrimp dumpling has a different dough as the siu mai dim sum. For starters, the Har gow or shrimp dumpling dough is made with rice flour, whereas the siu mai dough with wheat flour and eggs. Therefore, the har gow or shrimp dumpling has this amazing crystal and very sticky dough.

Another difference between these two different doughs is that you can as well fried, the wheat flour dough, and the rice flour you can boil it or steam it.

For me, a dim sum portion is never complete without this amazing shrimp dumpling, and what I love the most is the incredible taste of the shrimp wrapped in the sticky dough.

Har Gow: Shrimp Dumpling dim sum
Har Gow: Shrimp Dumpling dim sum

Can I freeze the shrimp dumpling?

Yes! Yes and yes! What I like to do, is to sit for an afternoon, and make as many as I can and we eat a portion, and the rest we freeze. Important is that you place them on a single layer inside a plastic bag before you froze them.

How long should I cook a frozen dim sum?

When you take the dumplings out of the freezer, just let them in room temperature and steam them for 8 min before serving

How many calories have a shrimp dumpling?

A shrimp dumpling has only 172 calories per serving

What can I serve with Shrimp Dumplings?

You can mix the har gow with another dim sum, like siu mai for example, or other Cantonese recipes like wonton soup.

Which dip sauce can I use for har gow dim sums?

There are so many dipping sauces you can use for the har gow dumpling. It all depends on your taste. For example, if you are looking for something spice, you could use a hot chili oil, made from chili peppers, you can add a few drops to your dim sum before you eat it.

Another possibility and one of my favorites is Hoisin sauce. I particularly love hoisin sauce because it has a sweet note. Because hoisin sauce is very thick, you could thin it with a bit of sesame oil or water.

Hot mustard is another possibility and is a classic dip for egg and spring rolls. Last but not least, Soy-based dipping sauces is a classic dipping sauce and you can combine it with vinegar and chili oil.

Har Gow: Shrimp Dumpling dim sum

Har Gow: Shrimp Dumpling dim sum

Har Gow: Shrimp Dumpling Dim Sum

The most popular served steamed dim sum
4.96 from 23 votes
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Ready In38 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Dim Sum, har gow shrimp dumplings, shrimp dimsum
Servings: 16
Calories: 172kcal


  • 225 gr raw shrimp (peeled, deveined and patted dry)
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)


  • Mix all the ingredients in a food processor
  • Take the wrappers skins and place one teaspoon of the shrimp filling in the center
  • Start pleating one half of the wrapper traditionally should have at least seven pleats. When the half of the wrapper is pleated fold up to form a half-moon shape.
  • Use a bit of water to seal your dumpling if is needed.
  • Place the har gow dumplings in a bamboo steamer with parchment paper and steam for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Serve with hoisin sauce fora sweet taste


With this recipe you can make 16 dumplings, 3 dumplings per serving


Serving: 3portions | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g
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