"The people who give you their food give you their heart" - Cesar Chavez

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings

I had a little dumpling wrapping and eating extravaganza which satisfied our dumpling appetites for a month. I had made three different kinds of dumpling fillings and put three eager wrappers to work. We had too many dumplings to count in pork and chive, shrimp and bamboo shoot and vegetarian. Andy, who has wrapped dumplings since he was a kid, had some fancy little folds that made his dumplings look like they are from a restaurant! Here is a picture of dumpling wrapping in action:
I really liked the taste of the vegetable dumpling wrappers which get their green color from spinach. The tofu mixture for the vegetarian dumplings did not adhere as well as the pork and shrimp mixtures, but it still tasted great! Unfortunately we ran out of wrappers before we finished the mixtures, I thought those little packets of dumpling wrappers from Twin Marquis seemed infinite. We used tofu and mushrooms for this mixture because that is all I had, but I think these would taste great with the additions of Chinese cabbage and carrots.

Vegetarian Dumplings

Vegetable dumpling wrappers
1 lb tofu, crumbled
1 lb Shitake mushrooms, rinsed and diced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fake egg

1. In a bowl combine the crumbled tofu and diced shitake mushrooms.
2. In a separate small bowl or glass, mix the ginger root, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and fake egg. Pour mixture over tofu and mushroom and combine to incorporate.
3. Wrap one tablespoon of mixture into each wrapper and gently pinch sides together to seal (see method in pork and chive recipe post)
4. Heat water in a wok and place steamer on top, cover and let heat until wok is boiling hot. Place the dumplings in a circle, place cover on wok and steam for 10-15 minutes.
This is what the inside of a vegetarian dumpling looks like!

1 comment:

ekbenson said...

Wow, these are beautiful! I love the green ones.