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Shrimp Chive Dumplings Recipe (Gow Choi Gaau)

Gow Choi Gaau
What can I say about these Shrimp and Chive Dumplings? Once you bite it, the sweetness of shrimp is splashing into your mouth with a hint of garlicky aroma. Who doesn’t love dumplings? Almost everybody I know love dumplings. I like all kind of dumplings, Western and/or Asian style work for me 🙂

I didn’t make a truly Chinese dumplings here as I did a short cut for wrappers as well as using sambal for dipping :). Dumpling skins are easy to be found at most Asian markets in town. But, I’m not gonna stop you for trying to make the skins from scratch.  I suggested you to follow a post of Use Real Butter for step by step dumpling wrappers/skins.

Thanks to Penny of Jeroxie for letting me know the Cantonese name for these dumplings.  Either pan fried or steamed methods can be used to cook these Shrimp and Chive Dumplings.

What kind of chives did I use here? Chinese chive. It is known as garlic chive, nira, ku chai, he, kucai. So far, those are the only names that I can remember for Chinese chive. It has a stronger garlicky aroma than regular chive.

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Shrimp and Chive Dumplings
– Gow Choi Gaau –

Ingredients:
340 g (3/4 lb) peeled and deveined shrimp
50 g (2 oz) Chinese chives, cut into 1-cm (0.4 inch) long
2/3 tsp ground dried shrimp (ebi)
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp tapioca starch
1/3 sesame oil
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp each salt and sugar
round dumpling wrappers/skins
oil for pan frying
water

Methods:
1.  Rinse shrimps with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

2.  Cut shrimps into 3 smaller pieces.  Transfer into a bowl, add chives and mix well. Marinate the filling with the rest of the ingredients for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

3.  Lay a dumpling skin on a flat surface. Brush the edges of skin with a little water. Place the dumpling skin in your palm. Place 1 teaspoon of filling into dough, being careful to avoid the edges. Fold into half to make a crescent moon. Using your thumb, form little pleats on the top edge of the crescent, and press the two layers together to seal. Repeat the same until the filling is used up.

4.   At medium to low heat, put the pan on stove and add some oil.  Transfer all dumplings into the pan.  Let fry for 1 minute until the bottoms are light golden brown. Pour 1/8 cup of water into the pan and immediately cover with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat to medium and let the dumplings steam for 2 minutes. Open lid and let the remaining liquid cook off about 1 minute.  Serve with any of your favourite dipping sauce.

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33 thoughts on “Shrimp Chive Dumplings Recipe (Gow Choi Gaau)”

  1. Ju (The Little Teoch

    Totally awesome job! Love it! I only eat seafood, so this is perfect for me. Just FYI, if you want a recipe for the dumpling skin, I have it on my blog. The difference in texture is worth the effort, promise!

  2. Ju (The Little Teochew)

    Totally awesome job! Love it! I only eat seafood, so this is perfect for me. Just FYI, if you want a recipe for the dumpling skin, I have it on my blog. The difference in texture is worth the effort, promise!

  3. A Box of Kitchen

    They look a lot like gyouza (餃子)! but Japanese gyouza uses mostly cabbage, nira chives, and ground pork for filling. Same like you, I usually use shrimp instead :)) Dumplings are just irresistible!

  4. I love shrimp and chives in my dumplings 🙂 My mom grinds the shrimp all up basically into a paste and mixes it with ground pork and a bunch of other veggies. Soooooooo good!

  5. penny aka jeroxie

    I love this little dumplings as well. And as Ju said, try out with home made wrapper… so much difference and more tasty!

  6. Wow, we love anything spicy and we also love shrimps. These look sooo good. Maybe we'll struggle to get some of the ingredients here in Fethiye though. 🙁

  7. I love shrimp and chives in my dumplings 🙂 My mom grinds the shrimp all up basically into a paste and mixes it with ground pork and a bunch of other veggies. Soooooooo good!

  8. penny aka jeroxie

    I love this little dumplings as well. And as Ju said, try out with home made wrapper… so much difference and more tasty!

  9. Wow, we love anything spicy and we also love shrimps. These look sooo good. Maybe we'll struggle to get some of the ingredients here in Fethiye though. 🙁

  10. Xiaolu @ 6 Bitterswe

    This looks wonderful, Pepy! I love how the dumplings are just slightly browned. Really tempting and different styling from your usual.

  11. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    This looks wonderful, Pepy! I love how the dumplings are just slightly browned. Really tempting and different styling from your usual.

  12. I love dumplings!! And yours look so wonderful. I love the shrimp and chive colors that you can see through the wrapper. Lovely!

  13. I love dumplings!! And yours look so wonderful. I love the shrimp and chive colors that you can see through the wrapper. Lovely!

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