Dumplings are healthy and delicious to have during Chinese New Year (CNY). Try preparing these vegetable dumplings as one of the many dishes on the menu. Asian vegetable dumplings are really simple to make. The filling of the dumplings can be prepared in advanced and you can always add your favourite vegetables in it. The dumpling skin can be bought at most Asian grocers.
Pan fried or steamed dumplings
It is really not an issue as both versions are just as tasty. Moreover, you may eat to your heart's content without feeling guilty. As dumplings symbolize wealth and prosperity because of its shape being similar to that of a gold ingot (sycee), this dish is perfect for family reunion or simply have them when you feel like taking a break from meat.
Vegan or vegetarian dumplings filling
This recipe can be adapted into a vegan or vegetarian version. Simply substitute oyster sauce with mushroom sauce. You may also add other vegetables such as paprika, napa cabbage, a variety of mushrooms, peas, onions or even glass noodles.
Sauces for dumplings
In China, dumplings are enjoyed with Chinese vinegar, soy sauce and sometimes, a few slices of ginger mixed together as a dip. They can also be eaten with hot sauces like sriracha but my favourite dips are homemade sauces such as sweet Thai chilli sauce or 'sambal belacan'. These sauces can be made in advanced and stored in the refrigerator for later use.
What to serve with vegetable dumplings?
Dumplings can be eaten as they are or as a side dish together with rice. Dishes that go well with vegetable dumplings are Chinese dishes such as three cup chicken, sweet and sour fish and steamed tofu.
What to do with leftover filling?
The filling of the dumplings may also be eaten as it is without being wrapped. It is light and healthy. Definitely a fuss-free dish to have not only during CNY but all year round.