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Only a mere 4 years after sharing basic pork Chinese language dumplings, the vegetarian model has lastly landed. Yep, it’s taken me that lengthy to be sure you by no means once more chunk right into a vegetable dumpling solely to search out it stuffed with unidentifiable tasteless mush!

Don’t get labored up about wrapping dumplings! Wonky dumplings style simply as nice. And you’ll at all times simply seal them flat. Quick. Straightforward. Efficient! ~ Nagi

Cooked Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
This hybrid methodology of cooking dumplings is my favorite – pan fried for crispy golden base then steamed in the identical pan simply by including a little bit of water and masking with a lid.

Vegetable Dumplings

There’s nothing fairly like freshly-made dumplings. Reheated dumplings are by no means the identical. They’re proper up there with freshly-made fish and chips, burgers and steak.

And whereas there’s no scarcity of wonderful dumpling eateries right here in Sydney, the unhappy reality is that relating to vegetable (somewhat than meat) dumplings, they vary from mediocre to simply plain unhealthy. The most important offence is mushy, unidentifiable, tasteless fillings.

To not point out value. Din Tai Fung, a well-known dumpling chain from Asia with branches right here in Sydney, declares itself to serve the world’s greatest dumplings. A serve of 6 modestly-proportioned vegetable dumplings at Din Tai Fung will set you again $10.90.

By my maths then, at the moment we’re making $63.60 price of dumplings with elements that value lower than $10!

My workforce additionally declares these do-it-yourself ones to be higher than Din Tai Fung’s. (I can say that with out feeling like I’m boasting as a result of this recipe has been a workforce effort – me, Chef JB and my brother!)

Showing the crispy golden base of pan steamed Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
Exhibit A: crispy golden base of pan-fried-steamed dumpling. This hybrid cooking methodology is my favorite.
Showing the inside of Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
Exhibit B: Proof of no mushy filling. It’d look crumbly nevertheless it’s not – the vegetable bits are held collectively by a small quantity of grated potato. A secret vegetable dumpling filling trick!

What units these vegetable dumplings other than the competitors?

The filling actually tastes like what you get at the very best yum cha eating places and prime dumpling eateries. It’s contemporary and flavoursome, with actual textures of greens somewhat than mushy and insipid.

It’s because we use uncooked greens for the filling, identical to the very best dumplings you should buy. Cooking the greens for the filling solves the issue of the filling falling aside, certain, nevertheless it’s on the expense of character and flavour for my part.

Our answer? Simply 2 tablespoons of grated potato. Yep, actually. A secret found on the label of frozen dumplings we purchased for analysis! It acts as a binder for the filling in addition to absorbing water leached by the greens as they cook dinner, but with out making the filling soggy or mushy (which is what occurs for those who use rice flour, cornflour and so forth).

There was a LOT of gleeful bouncing across the kitchen once we found this. Let me remind you – I’ve been on this recipe for 4 years. 4 years!!!

What you want for vegetable dumplings

Right here’s what you have to make Chinese language vegetable dumplings:

Ingredients in Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  • Spherical dumpling wrapper (gow gee pastry) – see subsequent part under.

  • Dried shiitake mushrooms – The first flavour within the filling. Rehydrated in boiling water then finely minced, it brings an excellent hit of savoury flavour into the filling. Available nowadays even within the Asian part of huge grocery shops in Australia.

    Substitute: Recent shiitake mushrooms don’t have the identical depth of flavour so I actually encourage you to hunt out dried. However for those who actually can’t discover it, use sautéd finely chopped contemporary mushrooms. I’ve popped instructions within the notes.

  • Cabbage – The opposite main ingredient. Salted then squeezed of extra liquid, that is extra about creating quantity somewhat than flavour.

  • Agency tofu – It must be agency tofu as custard-like smooth and silken tofu is simply too delicate and can disintegrate right into a watery mess. This gives much-needed texture into the filling.

  • Potato – The ingredient that cracked the key of nice vegetable dumplings! See above within the “What units these vegetable dumplings other than the competitors?” field for extra data.

    We simply want 2 tablespoons of finely grated potato (together with the liquid that leaches out whereas grating). It acts because the binding agent with out turning the filling into an disagreeable mush which is what occurs for those who use starches like cornflour/cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca, or related.

    With out the grated potato, all of the finely chopped greens would tumble out of the dumpling. We are able to’t have that! We would like them in our mouth!

  • Inexperienced onion – For color and freshness.

  • Garlic and ginger – Aromatics.

  • Sesame oil – So as to add a little bit of richness to the filling.

  • Soy sauce – For seasoning. Gentle or all objective soy sauce is known as for right here. Don’t use darkish soy sauce. Candy soy might be substituted however skip the sugar. Extra on completely different soy sauces right here.

  • Salt, pepper, sugar – Extra seasoning! I like to make use of white pepper as a result of it’s extra frequent in Chinese language cooking however black pepper is simply nice too.

Dumpling wrapper (gow gee pastry)

These spherical dumpling wrappers made from wheat flour are even bought in massive grocery shops nowadays, within the Asian part of the fridge alongside contemporary noodles. Right here’s the model I take advantage of which is bought at Woolworths and Harris Farms in Sydney, and typically Coles:

Vegetable dumpling wrapper

Tips on how to make Vegetable Dumplings

Heads up: this part on the right way to make Vegetable Dumplings is sort of lengthy as I stroll via making the filling, wrapping and cooking the dumplings.

I promise it isn’t laborious for those who don’t get too hung up about completely formed dumplings. Bear in mind – it would nonetheless style unbelievable even when yours are a bit lopsided. Magnificence is barely skin-deep (actually – it’s all in regards to the fillings right here!)

Should you’re already a dumpling-wrapping grasp, be happy to skip straight right down to the recipe or the recipe video.

Vegetable Dumplings recipe fast look

  1. Wilt cabbage and rehydrate shiitake mushrooms. Combine with remaining filling elements.

  2. Wrap dumplings, pan-fry 2 minutes, then steam 5 minutes (similar pan).

How straightforward was that?? 🙌🏻

Tips on how to make the filling

First up, the dumpling filling! Right here’s the right way to put together the parts:

1. Wilt cabbage

How to make Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  • Finely slice the cabbage then chop it fairly small such as you’re mincing garlic.

  • Toss via salt and depart for 20 minutes. This attracts out extra water from the cabbage and makes it wilt. Should you skip this step, the cabbage goes watery when steamed contained in the filling. The cabbage can be too fluffy and voluminous which makes it unimaginable to wrap!

  • Seize handfuls of the cabbage and squeeze out the surplus water.

  • Then place the cabbage into a big bowl to make the Dumpling Filling.

2. Shiitake mushrooms

How to make Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  • Rehydrate the dried mushrooms in a big bowl of boiling water. It often takes round half-hour however the stalk can typically be cussed and take 45 minutes.

  • Seize handfuls and squeeze out the surplus water.

  • Finely slice then finely chop the mushrooms.

3. Agency tofu

How to make Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  • Slice the tofu into 3-4 mm slices.

  • Stack the slices then minimize into 3-4 mm batons.

  • Then stack the batons as much as minimize the tofu into 3-4 mm cubes.

You should definitely use FIRM tofu, not silken / smooth tofu which is simply too delicate. It’ll flip into mush!

4. Finely grated potato – for binding

The key ingredient for the very best vegetable dumplings filling! See above within the “What units these vegetable dumplings other than the competitors?” field for an evidence for why.

How to make Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  • Peel the potato then use a microplane (pictured) or just like grate the potato very finely.

  • You have to use a nice grater, not a field grater which is able to shred the potato into massive strands not grate it finely. The potato must be grated actually finely and will likely be watery, like pictured above, with the intention to work because the binder for the filling.

  • Measure out 2 tablespoons of the grated potato and add it into the bowl.

Finely grated potato is the key ingredient to the right vegetable dumpling filling. It absorbs water leached by greens and acts as a binder, with out turning the filling into mush.

Be aware: I grate the potato simply earlier than including into the combination so it doesn’t flip brown/purple from oxidisation. But it surely doesn’t matter if it does discolour as a result of this doesn’t imply the potato has gone off, and you may’t see the cooked potato ultimately end result.

5. Combine filling

How to make Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers) filling

Add all of the above elements plus different remaining filling elements (soy sauce, seasonings, aromatics, inexperienced onion, sesame oil) and blend with a spoon till mixed.

The combination will likely be crumbly at this level, not sticking collectively and pasty. If the combination was sticking collectively – just like the numerous occasions we made this with cornflour/cornstarch – then it finally ends up mushy as soon as steamed. We would like crumbly. We want crumbly!

Tips on how to wrap Chinese language dumplings

I may spend a number of web page inches explaining the right way to wrap Chinese language dumplings. However I received’t as a result of there’s a recipe video under price a thousand phrases as a substitute!

Don’t get too hung up on the wrapping. I do know the pleats look beautiful and genuine, but when it’s an excessive amount of of a problem, simply skip the pleats and seal the dumpling with a flat seam. It nonetheless tastes the identical and can be a lot quicker to make!

Together with the video, right here’s a fast description and step pictures explaining the right way to wrap dumplings:

How to wrap Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)

Dominant hand – Proper hand in my case; Non-dominant hand – My left hand.

  1. Place a wrapper within the palm of your non-dominant hand. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water then run it alongside the decrease fringe of the wrapper, as marked within the picture above. That is for sealing.

    The dumpling seals extra securely for those who moist the underside half of the wrapper as that is the aspect you pleat-and-seal. Should you do the highest rim, the pleat folds don’t seal as effectively. Should you do the entire rim, you’ll perceive shortly why you shouldn’t (spoiler: an excessive amount of stickiness!).

  2. Place a loosely-packed tablespoon of filling within the centre of the wrapper. The filling doesn’t shrink a lot so that you don’t must overstuff the dumplings.

  3. Holding the wrapper in your non-dominant hand, use your dominant hand to fold the underside half of the wrapper over the filling however don’t let it contact the highest half of the wrapper (as quickly because the water edge touches something, it desires to attach itself to it).

  4. Ranging from the far left, use your dominant hand to fold one pleat, urgent to seal. Repeat, folding extra pleats alongside the sting, working from left to proper till you get to the tip. If that is proving too tough for you, simply fold the wrapper over with out pleats and seal flat. Your dumpling will look completely different however it would nonetheless style GREAT!

The filling doesn’t shrink a lot because it cooks so that you don’t must overstuff the dumplings.

  1. Right here’s an in depth up of me pleating. Discover how I take advantage of the thumb of my non-dominant hand to create the pleat with my dominant hand.

  2. One completed, stand the dumpling with the pleats upright. Then squish it down barely to flatten the bottom, and form it right into a slight curve.

    Place the completed dumplings on a tray calmly dusted with cornflour/cornstarch (to forestall them from sticking). Maintain coated with a tea towel to forestall them from drying out as you wrap the remaining dumplings.

Hand holding uncooked Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)

Tips on how to cook dinner dumplings (pan-steamed)

These dumplings might be steamed, however pan-fry + steaming is my favorite methodology of cooking since you get the very best of each worlds: crispy base plus moist tops and insides!

How to pan-steam Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)
  1. Pan fry first – Use a non-stick skillet with a lid. The lid doesn’t must match that skillet, simply any lid that as massive as or bigger than the skillet is okay. You’ll see within the video that the lid I take advantage of is bigger. Don’t have a lid? Use a baking tray or related. Something that can entice the steam in to cook dinner the dumplings!

    Warmth oil in skillet. Now place 12 to fifteen dumplings within the pan and cook dinner till the bottom is golden brown.

  2. Golden brown base – That is your purpose. It doesn’t must be as golden as pictured in step 2 above. That is simply the best way I prefer it. Crispy from edge to edge!

  3. Water for steaming – As soon as the bottom is golden brown, pour in 1/4 cup of water then shortly place the lid on to entice the steam within the pan.

    Throughout this steaming section, the crispy golden base does go soggy. However don’t fear! It comes again to life after the water evaporates.

  4. Steam for five minutes or till the water has evaporated. The wrapping must be semi-transparent as soon as cooked.

  5. Take away lid. At this stage, you possibly can depart the dumplings for one more 30 seconds or so till the bottom actually dries out to resurrect the crispy base.

  6. Switch the cooked dumplings to a serving plate utilizing a spatula and serve with a dipping sauce.

    Dipping sauce – I wish to serve with soy sauce combined with chilli paste. A combination of soy sauce and rice vinegar can be frequent.

Dipping Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers) in chilli soy dipping sauce

What to serve with Vegetable Dumplings

With pork dumplings, I at all times really feel like I want so as to add a aspect of greens. I believe it is because my mom did such an incredible job of brainwashing me as a child into believing {that a} meal is unbalanced with no adequate illustration of greens.

Isn’t it nice then that these little infants are jam-packed with greens? So, mum, I’ll simply have a giant plate of those for dinner, thanks!😂

OK, OK, getting severe although. If you wish to fill out the meal and make the dumplings go additional, strive it with a aspect of fried rice or Supreme Soy Noodles, and steamed Chinese language Greens with Oyster Sauce (such as you get at yum cha, and PS it’s not simply Oyster Sauce within the sauce!) For a contemporary salad, my go-to are the Chang’s Crispy Noodle Cabbage Salad (get an extra-big cabbage for the dumplings!) and my leafy Asian Facet Salad.

Strategies for issues to serve on the aspect

Phew! That was a protracted publish.

Now, most significantly: Inform me the way you went wrapping these. And keep in mind, don’t get labored up about good dumplings! It doesn’t matter what they seem like. They are going to nonetheless style nice! -Nagi x

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Plate of Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers)

Vegetable Dumplings (Potstickers!)

Servings30 – 35 dumplings

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Recipe video above. 4 years within the making, my favorite vegetable dumpling! These are a standout as a result of you possibly can truly style the greens and it is bought good texture, somewhat than simply being a wad of tasteless, watery mush which is unfortunately all too frequent.Do not get too hung about in regards to the wrapping half. If the pleating is simply too difficult, simply seal it flat. Faster, simpler, and it tastes precisely the identical. 🙂


Wilted cabbage for Filling:


  • 8 dried shiitake mushroom (40 g complete), medium measurement (Be aware 1)
  • 3/4 cup agency tofu , finely diced into 3-4mm / 1/8″ cubes (Be aware 2)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic , finely grated
  • 1 tsp ginger , finely grated
  • 2 tbsp inexperienced onion , finely sliced then minced
  • 2 tbsp finely grated floury potato , together with juices, for binding (Sebago, russet, Maris piper, Be aware 3)
  • 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil (Be aware 4)
  • 1 tsp mild soy sauce (or all-purpose, not darkish soy)
  • 1/4 tsp sugar (any)
  • 1/4 tsp cooking/kosher salt
  • 2 pinches white pepper (sub black)


  • Put together cabbage – Toss cabbage with 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl. Put aside for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, seize handfuls and squeeze out extra water as greatest you possibly can. Place squeezed cabbage in a bowl for mixing the filling in.

  • Shiitake mushrooms – Soak mushrooms in 1 litre of boiling water for half-hour. Squeeze out extra liquid and finely chop into 2 mm items. Add to the filling bowl.

  • Potato – Add grated potatoes to filling combine, together with all of the liquid that leached out while you grated it. We would like all that starchy juice for its binding energy!

  • Filling – Add remaining elements into the filling bowl, combine to mix. It’ll look crumbly – don’t be concerned, every thing sticks collectively higher when steamed due to the potato.

  • Dumpling wrappers – Take one wrapper from the packet. Maintain unused wrappers coated so they do not dry out.

  • Wrap dumplings – (One of the best demonstration is within the video on the 1m 30s mark!) Place a wrapper in your non-dominant hand. Dip your index finger in water and run it alongside the decrease half of the wrapper (edge closest to you). Place 1 loosely-packed tablespoon of filling within the centre. Fold the wrapping over the filling, then seal with pleats. (If that is too laborious, skip the pleats and seal flat).
  • Completed dumplings – Stand dumpling upright with the pleats on prime, and calmly press right down to flatten the bottom. Form gently right into a slight curve. Place on a tray calmly dusted with cornflour/cornstarch. Repeat for remaining dumplings. Maintain accomplished dumplings coated with a tea towel to forestall them from drying out. Should you’re making forward, cowl dumplings with cling wrap and refrigerate. See storage notes.

Prepare dinner (pan-frying + steaming):

  • Cooking vessel: Use a big non-stick pan with a lid (Be aware 6).

  • Pan fry: Warmth 1 tablespoon oil over medium excessive warmth. Pan fry 12 to fifteen dumplings for two minutes till the bottom is golden brown.

  • Steam: Pour over 1/4 cup water over the dumplings within the skillet – it would steam and bubbly vigorously! Place the lid on and steam for five minutes or till the water within the pan has evaporated.

  • Cooked! Take away the lid. The water ought to have been pushed off, and the wrapping must be semi-transparent (indicating it’s cooked). The bottom must be crispy once more. If not, depart the pan uncovered for a bit till the bottom crisps up once more within the oil.

  • Serve: Scoop the dumplings up with a spatula and place on a serving plate. Serve with soy sauce and chili paste for dipping, or rice vinegar combined with soy sauce. Finest served contemporary – I get one other batch cooking as we eat the freshly cooked ones!

Steaming-only choice:

  • Utilizing both a bamboo steamer set over a big wok with simmering water, or different bigger steamer. Line with a fitted sheet of parchment paper with holes, and steam the dumplings for 8 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

1. Dried shiitake mushrooms are higher than contemporary as they’ve a extra intense flavour and received’t make the submitting watery. Discover them in Asian shops and the Asian aisle of huge grocery shops.
To substitute with contemporary mushrooms, finely chop then sauté in a little bit oil till the water leeches out and it’s darkish brown. Cool then measure out 1 cup calmly packed. You’ll most likely want round 250g / 8oz mushrooms.
2. Tofu – be sure you use agency tofu, labelled as such. Gentle tofu and smooth silken tofu is simply too delicate.
3. Potato – the key ingredient! It binds the filling when cooked so it doesn’t crumble out in all places whereas consuming. Uncooked potato is superior to starch powders like cornflour/cornstarch, rice flour and so forth which make the filling unpleasantly mushy. Solely 2 tablespoons makes all of the distinction!
4. Sesame oil – Use toasted (brown-coloured oil, normal in Australia) somewhat than untoasted (yellow).
5. Dumpling wrappers – Spherical white wrappers bought within the Asian fridge part of huge grocery shops (I take advantage of Double Merino from Woolworths) and Asian grocers. They arrive in packs of 30 or so, so for those who don’t assume you’ll use them once more quickly, simply get 1 packet. Else, for those who’re a daily dumpling maker, get 2 packs because the filling is sufficient for as much as 35 dumplings.
6. Lid – To entice the steam contained in the skillet to cook dinner the dumplings. Use one from another pot or skillet, so long as it’s the similar measurement or bigger than the skillet circumference. Alternatively use a baking tray.
7. Storing – Raw dumplings will preserve within the fridge for a few days, both in an hermetic container (single layers) or on a tray coated with cling wrap. They will also be frozen for 3 months. Thaw earlier than cooking.
Cooked dumplings might be stored for 3 days. Finest to reheat within the microwave or steamed once more. However as talked about proper upfront, it isn’t the identical as freshly made!

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 48cal (2%)Carbohydrates: 7g (2%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fats: 2g (3%)Saturated Fats: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 1gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 1mgSodium: 123mg (5%)Potassium: 38mg (1%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 15mg (2%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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