Dim Sum. Ravioli with a Chinese accent.

Dim Sum. Ravioli with a Chinese accent.
 If you ask the indigenous Chinese Dim Sum you file, you can not expect that he will prepare for you a couple of tiny dumplings with various delicate filling. However, dumplings, you too can get. Riddle? The fact that the Chinese Dim Sum is the kind of meal, "Cantonese Dim Sum" - Chinese response "English breakfast". But what about the dumplings? They should be given special attention.

So Dim Sum (in Chinese it means "touch the heart") - a variety of dishes that are individually Chinese do not consider "serious" food, rather snack. Dim Sum start serving at five in the morning as breakfast and continue to sell them already to go, after lunch. Mandatory courses, which must find a way to your heart will be lush steamed buns with pork - Siu Bao -, deep fried rice tiny spring rolls stuffed with sticky rice, meat, mushrooms, dried scallops and lotus leaves, noodles, chicken feet, sweets and a variety of Chinese dumplings. And the most popular ones - translucent, fragrant with tender meat stuffed shrimp - dumplings Har Gow. It is they who have the Europeans and are associated with the concept of Dim Sum.

To prepare them at home, no need to stock up on some particularly exotic ingredients. The only exceptions are the young shoots of bamboo and a few tablespoons of tapioca starch, and now they are not so difficult to find in the specialized departments of major grocery stores or in small shops, whose task to satisfy all whims lovers of oriental cuisine.

Cooking Har Gow should start with filling. For her, you will need 200 grams of peeled prawns, which will need to wash and finely chop. Prepare 3 tablespoons finely chopped bamboo shoots and 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped and green onions, ¾ teaspoon of good Chinese rice wine, ¼ teaspoon sesame oil good for ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground white pepper, 1 beaten egg white and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Combine all these ingredients to the shrimp, mix and store it in the refrigerator for one hour. Tackle test.

For him, you will need ¾ cup of wheat starch, 2 tablespoons of tapioca, ½ cup boiling water 2 ½ teaspoon vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. All the starch should be mixed in one bowl, add salt and pour into the boiled water, just a trickle, stirring constantly. Add the butter and knead the dough for about two minutes. Smooth, shiny dough cover and set aside for 20 minutes.

Prepare working surface. It must be carefully oiled, otherwise you will not be able to make thin dough and form dumplings without damaging it. The dough must be kept at all times covered, because it dries very quickly.

Teaspoon "pinch off" from the test pieces, the shape of these balls and squeezing in the palms of them already do lepeshechkah. Put them on the work surface and press down on them a wide knife, smooth flat side, greased with vegetable oil. Har Gow not rolled. You should have a circle with a diameter of 2 2, 5 cm. Dough teaspoon lay out the stuffing in the center of the circle. Gently lift the edge of the "cake", use the thumb and index finger to create a "crease". Ready dumpling place on a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. When all the dumplings will stuff is made, prepare them for a couple of no more than 12-15 minutes. Har Gow served with a light soy sauce, which add the pinch of chili.

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