Vegetarian Dumplings are a dream, both to make and to eat. Here’s how you make them, with a crispy bottom!
Although I have never made dumplings before, I never underestimated the work that goes into making them. Dumplings are like little sacks of happiness, usually filled with minced meat, spices and vegetables. You’ve probably heard of Xiao Long Baos, the most famous type of dumplings.
Let me be awfully truthful – this is not that. I am a meat-eater, but I do find that there’s pleasure to be gleaned from vegetarian food. So this Chinese New Year, I decided to take a vegetarian route and make some vegan-friendly dumplings.
I did not make the dumpling skin from scratch, because the idea of making dough just upsets me. THis is not to say that I don’t make dough, I do when I have to and avoid it when I can. I bought a stack of semi-fresh dumpling skins from NTUC, at $1.50 for 200g. Be my guest if you’d like to make the skin from scratch, the filling in this recipe can remain the same.
To fold the dumplings, I did a simple pouch where I fold in the edges from both sides. You can do this, by first sealing the middle, then working from each side in. They also have a variety of other ways to fold a dumpling, which you can check out by following this link.
While I have chosen a vegetarian filling, you can always go with a meat one if you like. There are many meat alternatives, usually using pork, chicken or a combination of both. However, you must make sure that you’re filling is dry – this helps to avoid a soggy dumpling.
This recipe takes advantage of the colours in nature, with striking orange and purple. You can use regular green cabbage, radishes in place of carrots, or even cauliflower rice. The only thing to watch out for is the weight measure – I’ve used a total of 600g shredded vegetables, you’ll want to make sure yours comes up to that, too.
Making dumplings can be frustrating at times, and here’s my advice to pull through this – remain calm. Take your time to do it, do not rush it even one bit. Have the water near you, and fold the dumplings gently. This can also be a fun group activity – where everyone can fold a dumpling, too!