Filmed by Diana Chan, June 2012.
The stuffing in the video is made of diced shrimp and chopped bamboo shoots, seasoned with salt, sugar, sesame oil and white pepper.
Traditional stuffing includes a small amount of diced pork fat to give unctuousness, but as fat scares people these days it is not used. Some chefs substitute chopped white fungus to give it some crunch instead, and it also has the benefit, in mass production, of being less expensive than Shrimp.
"Har gau" literally means shrimp dumpling, so the main ingredient is always shrimp. The shape is also unique to har gau. A master chef will be able to put at least 12 pleats on the dumpling - looks easy but it is not! The wrapper also has to be translucent when cooked so one can see the pink shrimp inside (therefore the final shot in the video). Many other details to make a perfect har gau!