Hubby and I love our prawn dumplings (har gao) as you can probably tell from my recent yum cha entries! However yum cha with only two of us usually ends up with us waddling out of the restaurant because we have eaten too much! It would be good if we could find some yum cha dishes we can make at home.
We have tried those Amoy brand frozen shrimp dumplings you can buy from Asian Grocery shops but they are so small and don’t taste very nice. The last time we were in Box Hill, we stopped by at a place on Station St called Emma Fresh & Frozen Food (576 Station St, Box Hill). I spotted some prawn dumplings in the freezer and bought a packet to try.
It costs $7.25 for a tray of 20. You might not be able to tell from the photo, but they are slightly smaller than the ones you would get at yum cha. There are no cooking instructions on the packaging but I steamed them for about 10 minutes. I put a layer of baking paper on my metal steamer so that the dumplings wouldn’t get stuck.
The filling had real prawn but was quite tasteless and had a gritty texture. There wasn’t much of it either – maybe slightly over a teaspoon inside each dumpling. There was way more skin than filling and while I usually don’t mind the translucent skin, this one was thick and on the chewy side.
Hubby and I were very disappointed with these prawn dumplings. If anyone has any suggestions (in Melbourne) as to where we can get yum cha quality prawn dumplings to make at home, please leave a comment. I would love to know!
Over & Out, Rilsta xx