Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Making dumplings

I love Asian food, as you have probably noticed. I frequently buy pre-made dim sum from asian supermarkets. However, I recently decided to make my own. So here is my take on dumplings. I think that next time I would use tofu or seitan in them.


Makes approx 30 dumplings

Take these ingredients:

200 g Vegan roast pork (Seitan, tofu or TVP mince would also be good)
2 Spring/green onions
3 mushrooms
1/4 small wombok (chinese cabbage)
dash each powdered ginger and black pepper
Dash soy sauce
Vegan wonton wrappers
  1. Dice all vegetables and roast pork into a small dice.
  2. Fry gently.
  3. Once the vegetables have softened and liquid has been absorbed, remove from hear and allow to cool a little.
  4. Place a small spoonful of mixture onto each vegan wonton wrapper. Fold and seal with a touch of water. I got lazy and simply folded them, but you could crimp them into a ruffled shape or an upright wonton, if you prefer. Place aside on a tray in a single layer:

5. You may now cook the dumplings or freeze them. The dumplings may be used in
wonton soup, fried, deep fried, steamed or used for pot stickers.

Wonton Soup

3-5 dumplings per person
Vegan stock (vegetable or chick'n style are good) (this is a liquid soup, so you will need 1-2 litres for 4-8 people)
pinch dried ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame
Asian style vegetables, including bock choy, sliced mushroom, and carrot (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients but dumplings and green leafy vegetables in a large pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  2. Add wontons. Return to boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until dumplings are translucent and cooked.
  4. Add green bok choy leaves to wilt.
  5. Serve
The dumplings were good, but the char sieu style "pork" was a bit dominant in the recipe.


  1. Yeah, you don't want to use cha siu. You want to use either tofu, or maybe some water chestnuts.

    Use the cha siu and make bao instead!

  2. Oh that looks amazing. Making your own dim sum is über cool.
    Thai food gets my big thumbs up too.

  3. They look great!

    I love, love, love dumplings as well and I tried to make my own on the weekend but they were terrible!

  4. I have tried dumplings before and they looked a mess, so I am very impressed with your neatly presented dumplings.

  5. Yum, this looks great. Especially today (Sunday). Is it just me or is particularly cold today?
    Where did you get the 'pork' from?