Har Gow (蝦餃) at Urban China

Har Gow (蝦餃) at the Urban China Restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Urban China Restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta has a fairly extensive Dim Sim Menu, which was what drew me to the site, but, on the whole, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the meal I had there. Possibly, I hit a bad day, or else ordered poorly, but I was left rather disappointed. Their Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, or Har Gow, were about the largest I have ever had, and the taste was not bad, but they really didn’t do anything to elevate mu general impression of the place.

The initial appearance of the Urban China 蝦餃 was sort of promising, especially given the aforementioned size along with the translucency of the starch-based wrapper which allowed the generous shrimp filling to show through seductively. Unfortunately, a closer inspection reveals that the folding and pleating is rather second rate, and just not as pretty as other Har Gow elsewhere. This may have been due to the fact that the wrapper was so very thin, but, surprisingly, this did not translate into a great texture, or taste, as the wrapper, aside form the filling had a very doughy, starchy, taste that you usually only get where the wrappers are too thick.

The filling itself was not bad at all, however. The shrimp was fresh and prepared (as far as I could tell) in the traditional manner by rinsing it under running water for an extended period to remove the glycol-protein and leave a lovely, crisp texture. The filling was also very lightly seasoned with, perhaps, just a little white pepper.

I would have liked these Har Gow a little better, despite the poor wrapper dough, but the sheer size of them made them really unwieldy. They started to fall apart from their own weight just after being picked up with chopsticks and it wasn’t possible to just pot a single dumpling into to your mouth. The primary taste was decent, but the particular steamed shrimp dumplings were really only second rate overall.


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