Food Friday: Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

Ever had a week when you crave just one kind of food – and don’t grow sick of it? I have those kind of weeks often and this week if was Asian-inspired.

I went to our local Asian market and grabbed maybe one of everything in the produce area (not really exaggerating – I’m like a kid in a toy store the moment I see a strange fruit or vegetable.) The result from my shopping trip: a week of vegetarian stir fries, Pad Thais, dumplings and rolls.

Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cabbage, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3-4 Thai basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot dumpling sauce (you can find this at your local Asian market)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 20 dumpling wrappers

Start by heating a wok (or large skillet) with tablespoon of oil. Saute onions, ginger and garlic until onions are tender. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, add all dry ingredients and once cool, mix in onion mixture. Add the sauces and toss together.
For the dumplings, I use a dumpling press – you can easily fold these by hand following instructions online, but the press is worth it if you plan on making dumplings often. Whichever method you use, always wet the sides of the dumpling skin with warm water (keep a bowl of water near you as you work.)
Before placing your dumplings in the bamboo steamer, either oil the inside or a add a layer of cabbage leaves to help prevent sticking. Place dumplings in steamer and place steamer over a wok filled with about 1 cup of water (enough for the water to simmer and create steam without touching the bamboo.)
Steam for 6-8 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice. (I used hot dumpling sauce mixed with ginger and sweet chili sauce.)

Pat yourself on the back for saving calories – and a Chinese delivery charge.

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