Cabbage

Perfect Vegetable Dumplings

September 16, 2021
4 Ratings
Photo by Woonheng Chia
Author Notes

Dumplings are comfort food to me, whether they are boiled, steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried. I like to pack these little parcels with a variety of vegetables, making them the perfect food for lunch or dinner. Here, I use cabbage, carrot, and edamame, but feel free to play around with whatever ingredients are in your fridge. Firm tofu acts as a wonderful binder. While I like to use store-bought wrappers in many of my recipes, I also love to make wrappers from scratch, especially when I'm craving thick, chewy boiled dumplings. Using just flour, water, and salt, you can easily make amazing wrappers in your own kitchen. To break up the recipe, you can make the wrappers a day in advance. Just remember to dust the wrappers with cornstarch before stacking, wrapping, and refrigerating them. To go with the dumplings, I make a simple, salty, tangy dipping sauce: soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, and just enough sugar. Topped with chile oil, fresh cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds, these dumplings literally burst with flavor. —WoonHeng Chia

  • Prep time 2 hours
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • makes 25 large dumplings
Ingredients
  • Dumpling Wrappers
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) cold or warm water (not more than 95°F)
  • Vegetable Filling
  • Neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 cup (125 grams) baby (or roughly chopped) carrots, finely chopped
  • 5 ounces (142 grams) firm tofu, drained, dried, and cubed
  • 1 cup (160 grams) frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed
  • 1/2 medium green cabbage (about 454 grams), cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegan oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon mushrooms seasoning (such as Po Lo Ku)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • Cornstarch, for dusting
  • Sauce & To Serve
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Chile oil, with sediment
  • Toasted white sesame seeds
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Prepare the dough: Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the water and knead on low speed for 8 to 10 minutes, until a stiff dough forms. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle, pour in the water, and mix until there are no more dry spots. Knead by hand until you have a stiff dough.) Cover the bowl with a tight lid and let rest for 10 minutes. Uncover and transfer the dough to a work surface, then knead by hand until the dough is smooth. Place the dough back into the bowl, cover, and let rest for another 45 minutes while you prepare the filling.
  2. Make the filling: Heat a large nonstick skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Sauté the ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tofu and cook, flipping occasionally, until a brown crust forms, about 3 minutes. Add the edamame and cabbage and stir-fry until the cabbage is slightly soft, 2 to 3 minutes (you can cook longer if you prefer a softer texture). Season with the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, mushrooms seasoning, and salt. Toss to combine and cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated, a minute or two. Transfer the mixture to a food processor. Pulse 3 to 4 times to break down the ingredients into a coarse mixture that can hold together when squeezed. Empty into a bowl.
  3. Assemble the dumplings: Transfer the rested dough to a work surface. Knead a few times to remove any air bubbles, then divide it into 25 equal pieces and roll each into a ball. Work with one ball at a time and cover the other balls with a towel to prevent them from drying out. Using your palm, flatten a ball into a disk. Using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle 3½ to 4 inches in diameter. Place a spoonful of filling in the middle. Pleat into your desired shape with a tight seal (since the wrapper is fresh, you shouldn’t need any water). Repeat until you’ve used all the wrappers. (If you have any extra filling, save it in the fridge or freezer for another use.)
  4. Cook the dumplings and make the sauce: Fill a large pot two-thirds full with water and set it over high heat. Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar in a bowl until well combined. Once the water comes to a boil, add a drizzle of oil and carefully add as many dumplings as you can comfortably fit in a single layer. Using a spatula, gently nudge the dumplings to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Boil until the dumplings float to the top, then let them stay afloat for another 1 to 2 minutes, until wrinkly. Use a sieve or slotted spoon to transfer the dumplings to a bowl and repeat with the remaining dumplings.
  5. Serve: Drizzle the sauce on top of the dumplings. Garnish with a handful of cilantro, a splash of chile oil, and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

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