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Woo Dip Harr in Minnesota?

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migrjo Apr 1, 2008 10:40 AM

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Woo Dip Harr: jumbo shrimp, split open, wrapped in bacon, dipped in egg batter, deep fried, served with dipping sauce.

This dish is a tradition in Chinese restaurants in Detroit.

The first Twin Cities restaurant to serve it will have my lifetime loyalty!

M.

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    JimGrinsfelder RE: migrjo Apr 1, 2008 02:41 PM

    As far as my limited Chinese food knowledge takes me....yes we have no Woo Dip Harr in Twin Cities Chinese restaurants.

    However, you'll might be surprised by our Cream Cheese Wontons dipped in duck sauce, straight from the little plastic packet.

    Is Woo Dip Harr like Cream Cheese Wontons? Something a chinese immigrant to Detroit made up with ingredients he had handy and it took off and became a city-wide speciality? I never find Cream Cheese Wontons anywhere but Minnesota. I find Crab Rangoon, but that doesn't work for my vegetarian kid (and neither would Woo Dip Harr).

    1. Jordan RE: migrjo Apr 1, 2008 04:12 PM

      I getcha. Never seen that here, but my Chicago-analogue is hong sue chicken. Battered chunks of white meat in bland, savory brown sauce with miscellaneous vegetables. It's in every Chinese restaurant in Chicago and disappears somewhere north of Madison.

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        katebauer RE: Jordan Apr 1, 2008 04:24 PM

        Oh, it would be fascinating to plot the regional Chinese restaurant specialties. Hm... too bad I already have a doctoral dissertation in the works.

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          Chris Mitra RE: katebauer Apr 2, 2008 08:58 PM

          Funny, I just had a conversation with someone the other day about the regional differences between General Gau's, General Tso's, and General Tsao's Chicken!

          That would indeed be an interesting map!

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        migrjo RE: migrjo Apr 1, 2008 06:52 PM

        "Is Woo Dip Harr like Cream Cheese Wontons? Something a chinese immigrant to Detroit made up with ingredients he had handy and it took off and became a city-wide speciality?"

        This must have been exactly how it was created!

        And, come to think of it, I'd never had a cream cheese wonton before coming to Minnesota.

        On occasion you can find Woo Dip Harr outside of Detroit. The working definition I used above is from a menu...in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!

        http://www.gardenviewrestaurant.com/s...

        Go figure!

        M.

        1. The Chowhound Team RE: migrjo Apr 8, 2008 11:47 AM

          Pardon the interruption, folks, but a request for a recipe for Woo Dip Harr has been moved to the Home Cooking Board. Please continue that part of the discussion there http://www.chowhound.com/topics/507366

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