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Steamed Chinese Dumplings

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Please don’t be put off by the ingredients list, there are many duplications and everything can be picked up in one fell swoop at an asian supermarket.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Dim Sum Course

In 2017 I signed up for a Dim Sum Course at London Cookery School with my friend Kirsten – It was a 3 and a half hour session for the bargain price of £35 up in Highbury.  We learnt how to make Ha Gau and Chiu Chow Fun Gwor which are both thin translucent-skinned dumplings with fillings of prawn and pork and Sui Mai which has a pork and prawn filling but which used a shop bought skin. All of the dumplings were steamed and eaten at the end of the class – there were a lot of dumplings! It would have been wise to save some for later!

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

The set up wasn’t really what I expected which was essentially proper cooking work stations – instead we had a long table with chairs for 20 and each person’s seat laid out with a few Ikea plastic bowls, a place mat and a few ingredient items in the middle of the table. One wall of the otherwise empty shop front had tables with a row of electric steamers and a little sink area at the back. I felt a little underwhelmed but actually the set up worked well – it would have been nice to not have some of the ingredients quite so pre-prepared but for 3 hours, £35 and the overall outcome, I can’t remotely complain.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

We started by making the three fillings, went on to make the translucent dough and then put together the dumplings themselves before cooking them in electric steamers.  I have provided the ingredients and methods below but I’ve obviously missed out a whole list of tips and tricks we learnt on the day along with tips on the dumpling folding etc so I’d still recommend attending the course or looking for one similar.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Most of the ingredients, including the more unusual sounding will be available from any decent chinese supermarket or will be available online. The dough and fillings are actually super simple to make so don’t be put off by the ingredient lists.

Makes at least 30 dumplings

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!


Ingredients:

Ha Gau Filling:
80g Raw King Prawn (de-veined and shelled)
1 tsp Water Chestnut, finely chopped
1/4 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
1/3 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Cornflour
A Tiny Pinch White Pepper

Chiu Chow Fun Gwor Filling:
60g 20% Fat Minced Pork
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salted radish (finely chopped)
1 tsp Chinese Mushroom (finely chopped)
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Light Soy
1 tsp Sesame Oil
A Pinch White Pepper
1 tsp Cornflour
2 tbsp Cold Water

Sui Mai Filling:
60g 20% Fat Minced Pork
10g Minced Prawn
1 tsp Chinese Mushroom (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/3 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Cornflour
A Small Pinch White Pepper
1 tsp Vegetable Oil

Ha Gau and Chiu Chow Fun Gwor Dough:
60g Wheat Starch
40g Tapioca Flour
40g Cornflour
1 tsp Sugar
A Large Pinch Salt
120g Boiling Water
1 tsp Vegetable Oil

10 Siu Mai Wrappers


Notes:

  • There is very little specialist equipment required to make the dumplings. One item that has made it to my christmas list is a small plastic rolling pin*. I have a very heavy marble rolling pin* which I love but when I tried to make these dumplings at home, it was incredibly difficult!
  • During the class we used an electric steamer* but at home I prefer bamboo steaming baskets* which I have bought over time from the chinese supermarket – they are pretty cheap and come in a massive variety of sizes. I have a smaller set and a bigger set for all occasions.
  • Even the most gnarly folded dumplings look pretty great after they steamed so don’t be put off if your first attempt doesn’t look perfect – and if they taste good who cares. If you want to make them more even, prettier and with longer pleats – I think the trick is just to keep practising.
  • You can freeze the dumplings on an oiled try before cooking – once frozen, throw them in a ziplock freezer bag.  They will take about 12 minutes to steam from frozen. I’d really recommend doubling or tripling the recipes and doing this for easy weeknight dinners.

Filling Method:

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!
Ha Gau Filling Method:

Finely mince 80g Raw King Prawns (de-veined and shelled), 1 tsp Water Chestnut and 1/4 tsp Ginger. Combine in a small bowl with 1/3 tsp Salt, 1 tsp Sugar, 1 tsp Cornflour and a Tiny Pinch White Pepper.  Mix thoroughly and set aside in the fridge.

Chiu Chow Fun Gwor Filling Method:

Combine 60g 20% Fat Minced Pork and 1/4 tsp Baking Powder in a small bowl.  Finely chop 1/2 tsp Salted Radish and 1 tsp Chinese Mushroom and add to the bowl with 1 tsp Sugar, 1 tsp Light Soy, 1 tsp Sesame Oil, a Pinch White Pepper, 1 tsp Cornflour and 2 tbsp Cold Water.  Mix thoroughly and set aside in the fridge.

Sui Mai Filling Method:

Finely mince 10g Prawn and 1 tsp Chinese Mushroom and combine with 60g 20% Fat Minced Pork, 1/4 tsp Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/3 tsp Sugar, 1 tsp Cornflour, a Small Pinch White Pepper and 1 tsp Vegetable Oil. Mix thoroughly and set aside in the fridge.


Dough Method:

Ha Gau and Chiu Chow Fun Gwor:

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Combine 60g Wheat Starch, 40g Tapioca Flour, 40g Cornflour, 1 tsp Sugar and a Large Pinch Salt in a medium bowl.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Add 120g Boiling Water, mix quickly for only 20 seconds then cover the bowl and leave for 2 minutes – this ‘cooks’ the flour.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Add 2 tsp Vegetable Oil to the dough and knead until very smooth – this doesn’t take long at all.  And it goes VERY smooth.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Divide the dough into two halves, roll each half into a thick sausage and then divide each sausage into 10 equal pieces to end up with 20 pieces in total. Keep the dough balls in a plastic bag with the top kept tightly wound to stop them from drying out.


Making the Dumplings:

Ha Gau:
Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Roll out one of the dough balls to about 1/2 mm thick, then cut out a round with a 3 inch cookie cutter with smooth edge.  Squeeze the cuttings together and place back in the plastic bag.

Add about half a teaspoon of Ha Gau filling to the dough round and loosely fold the dough over the filling.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Hold the dough in your left hand and use your right hand to create pleats whilst at the same time pinching the edges together. I can’t possibly describe this any better sorry!

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Place the folded dumpling into a steamer basket and continue to repeat with the other 9 balls of dough.

There should be some filling left so squeeze together all of the off cuts and roll them out to form as many extra dumplings as you can get with the remaining dough and filling. I think I ended up with about 14.

Chui Chow Fun Gwor:

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Prepare each of the remaining 10 dough balls in exactly the same way as with the Ha Gau.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Add a similar amount of filling to each round and fold in half. Squeeze the edges of the dough together to make a half moon shape – these are much easier than the Ha Gau!

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Place each dumpling in steamer baskets and again use up any leftover dough with the leftover filling until all used up.

This is the easiest of them all. Take the 10 Siu Mai Wrappers and lay them out of a flat surface. Split the filling mixture between the 10 skins.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Wet the edge of the skins with a little cold water using your finger.

Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!

Make a circle with your thumb and forefinger on your left hand. Balance the dumpling skin and filling over the hole in your hand then ease the whole thing downwards through the hole. This will wrap the dough around the filling leaving the top exposed. Firmly press the wrapper together until it keeps its shape.

Repeat with the other 9 dumplings and place them all in the steamer basket.


Cooking Method:

Steam all of the dumplings for 8 minutes over high heat.

What are you favourite dim sum items? Let me know in the comments!


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Ha Gau, Chiu Chow Fun Gwor & Sui Mai are three types of Steamed Chinese Dumplings with various pork and prawn fillings which are often served as part of a Dim Sum style meal. These easy to make dumplings are a great start on creating a homemade Chinese Dim Sum feast!


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