Har Gow from Phoenix Palace
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15: Har Gow from Phoenix Palace
Dim sum can be a formidable dining experience for a newbie. Carts whirl by packed with steamed and fried delights aplenty and you have to be a bit creative with the language boundary to make sure you get what you want. If you're not careful, you may inadvertently order chicken feet or other offal offerings. While we wouldn't turn down a well-braised plate of chicken feet, we make sure to steer our less adventurous guests toward savory steamed dumplings like Har Gow.
The Har Gow at Phoenix Palace is a delicious contradiction in tastes and texture. These round little shrimp dumplings are salty, sweet and just a bit briny. The translucent wrapper is tender enough to yield at first bite, but sturdy enough to hold all that shrimp filing in place. The wrapper is chewy from the quick steam, but the chopped shrimp is toothsome and crunchy. A quick dip in soy sauce or rice wine vinegar and these shrimp bonnets are sure to be a regular in your dim sum rotation too.
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