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Asian Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetables
Category
Vegetables

Easy
Difficulty
Easy

Total Time
Total Time
Prep 30 M / Cook 20 M

Servings
Yield
4 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on February 17, 2015

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Ingredients

1
shallot(s)  
1
carrot(s)
5
french beans
1
tofu (firm)
1 tbsp
soy sauce
1.5 tbsp
oyster sauce
0.5
chilli peppers (fresh)
4
shiitake mushroom(s)
2 tbsp
sesame oil
1
egg(s)
wantan wraps
2 tsp
vinegar
ginger
1 tbsp
oil
water

Background

An easy dumpling recipe is a fun dish to have to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY). If you decide to have a healthier CNY spread, try preparing these vegetable dumplings as one of the many dishes on the menu. Asian vegetable dumplings are very easy 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 it when you feel like taking a break from meat.

Vegan or vegetarian dumplings filling

This recipe can be adapted to make it vegan or vegetarian friendly. Simply substitute oyster sauce with mushroom sauce. You may also add other vegetables such as paprika, napa cabbage, 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 as a dip. Dumplings can be eaten with hot sauces like sriracha but my favourite dips are homemade sauces such as sweet Thai chili sauce or 'sambal belacan'. These homemade 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 it is 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 dumpling filling

The filling of the dumplings may also be eaten as it is without being wrapped. It is light and healthy. Definitely a no fuss dish to have not only during CNY but any day of the year.

Steps

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Step 1/3

  • 1 shallot(s)  
  • 1 carrot(s)
  • 5 french beans
  • 1 tofu (firm)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 0.5 chilli peppers (fresh)
  • 4 shiitake mushroom(s)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Heat oil in a pan and stir fry shallots until fragrant. Add shiitake mushrooms, carrots and french beans and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tofu along with soy sauce and oyster sauce. Add chilies and cook for another 40-60 seconds. Leave to cool to room temperature.

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Step 2/3

  • 1 egg(s)
  • wantan wraps

Wrap a spoonful of stir-fried ingredients using the wantan skin. Use the beaten egg to bind the wantan skin together.

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Step 3/3

  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • ginger
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • water

Heat oil in a pan at medium heat to sear the dumplings for 1 minute. Add water into pan until it covers 1/3 of the dumplings. Cover pan with the lid and allow dumplings to cook until skin turns translucent. Serve with some chinese vinegar and julienned ginger.

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