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Author Notes: I’ve tried making gluten-free vegan dumplings many times before but they never really did it for me, especially after the long prep. One day I realised my mistake, I had been over-complicating the entire process, there was no need to make dumpling dough from scratch. The solution was right under my nose in the form of rice paper wrappers.
I spent about three months working on this recipe mentally – I wanted to keep it simple so each ingredient would shine. When it came down to trialling this one IRL, it worked first go, I didn’t want to change a thing.
This dish might be a little daring and unusual but promise me you’ll give it a go. It’s crazy addictive. The strong lemon flavour is balanced out by the nutritional yeast and accompanying slaw. You’ll definitely be wanting more. —Alannah | Kale Mary
- 1 packet organic, non-GMO tofu, cut into rectangles
- 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup water, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Small rice paper rounds, as many as you have tofu slices
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegan 'fish' sauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 green cabbage, finely chopped
- 1/4 red cabbage, finely chopped
- Mix nutritional yeast, garlic powder, juice of 1 lemon, water and salt in a shallow bowl. Add tofu and ensure it is smothered in the ingredients. Put in the fridge to marinate until you’re ready for it (the longer, the better).
- Pop the marinated tofu pieces on a lined baking dish and bake at 180 degrees C for 10-15 minutes.
- While the tofu is marinating, add the rice wine vinegar, vegan fish sauce, coconut sugar, sesame oil and juice of half a lemon to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then add green and red cabbage and toss until evenly coated in the dressing.
- Let your tofu cool slightly and set up your wrapping station, pop a damp tea towel on your bench and fill a shallow dish with room temperature water. Put the rice paper round in this dish for a 5 seconds then lay it out on the damp tea towel. Lay a piece of the baked tofu in the middle of the round and fold the rice paper around it. Repeat with remaining pieces of tofu and rounds.
- Steam the parcels for 5 minutes. Delicately remove them and serve atop the dressed cabbage.