Har Gow | Prawn Crystal Dumpling | 虾饺

I finally perfected my Har Gow recipe! I tried to make it as simple as possible yet tasty. Har Gow is the most popular Chinese Dim Sum cuisine. Har Gow is also known as Prawn Crystal Dumpling. This recipe is super simple and easy.

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Crystal dumplings are my favourite dim sum dishes. You can have all sorts of filling in these crystal dumplings. The common crystal dumplings are Har Gow, Prawn and Chives Dumpling, Scallop Dumpling, Prawn and Corn Dumpling, Pork and Chives Dumpling, Vegetarian Chives Dumpling and the list goes on.

In this Har Gow recipe, the dumplings are packed with prawns. The filling is very tasty with fresh prawns. The dumpling skin is translucent, thin and tender. Serve warm.

Frequently asked questions:

If I don’t have wheat starch, can I replace it?

The simple answer is no. Wheat starch is the main ingredient that gives it the translucent skin for the dumpling.

If I don’t have a steaming basket, how do I steam it?

You can use a plate to steam. Just remember to brush some oil on the plate so that the dumplings don’t stick to it

How to store them?

Place the dumplings on a tray, make sure it is properly spaced out so that it doesn’t touch each other. Once it is freezed, can place in a freezer bag or air tight container to save space. Can store for 1-2 weeks. After placing in the freezer, you don’t have to defrost it, can steam it straight away

1 hour1 hour5-6 min32 dumplings



  • 32 medium size prawns (approx. 750 grams)(if peeled, 450 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 30 grams lard (2 tablespoon)


  • 110 grams wheat starch
  • 15 grams tapioca starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 ml vegetable oil
  • 185 ml boiling water

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