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Chinese Green Dumpling at Palais Imperial

I was served this from the Dim Sum Menu at the Palais Imperial in Ottawa on my last visit. The selection wasn’t really a standard dim sum offering and, indeed, differed rather significantly from what was described on the menu.

In the inset to the above picture, you can see the picture as it appeared on the menu. It is not a great picture and roughly indicated a slightly a slightly translucent dumpling with a very green filling. The first two Chinese characters beneath the image are 韭菜, which can mean ‘leek, or ‘chive’ and my server asked me, when I placed the order, whether I wanted chive or ‘sweet pea pod’. I went with chive and was expecting, from that, and the picture, that I would be getting some sort of vegetable dumpling.

What I received, as you can see in the main picture, is something that looks very much like well-formed Har Gow. It is not easy to tell, but they were actually pretty large and a little difficult to eat with chopsticks. They held together well, though,l and the wrapper was well-steamed and tender. What surprised me, in the event, was that the filling was not what I expected. There were chives present certainly, and in large enough amount to be very noticeable taste-wise, but the rest of the filling, indeed the bilk of it, was minced shrimp. It caught me off-guard and I might have been disappointed by it save for the fact that it was very, very good. I am not good at making Har Gow style dumplings as yet, but I think the next time I make Jiaozi, I will try this very decent filling combination…

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