These crispy vegetable tofu dumplings will make you swoon! They are so easy to prepare and a lot of fun to make together with your friends and family. Roll up those sleeves and let’s get ready to put those fingers to work!
Dumplings are all about customization. You can fill each wrapper with anything your heart desires. I like to create a combination of textures in the dumpling. I used my wok to stir-fry tofu with crunchy cabbage, carrots, and lots of aromatic flavors from ginger, garlic, and onions.
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT WONTON WRAPPERS FOR DUMPLINGS?
You can find a larger variety of wonton wrappers at Asian grocery stores, such as thin, medium and thick wrappers. Try to select the medium to thick wrapper since they will hold a more dense filling and you will be shaping and frying them. I found the Dynasty brand at Albertsons, and that was a good thickness (not all packages will indicate). I used wonton wrappers because it contains eggs to make the wrapper richer, more malleable and have a more flavor (make sure to read the label). To check for freshness of the wontons, you can see if the wrappers easily separate in the package like shuffling cards, if they stick together not they may no longer be as fresh.
- 40 wonton wrappers , square or round, (about 3.5 to 4 inches in size)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil , divided
- 1 tablespoon ginger , minced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion , minced
- 2 cups shiitake mushrooms , or brown mushrooms, chopped (about 7 ounces)
- 1 cup red cabbage , finely shredded
- 1 cup carrots , finely shredded, roughly chopped to smaller pieces
- 1 cup tofu , diced, extra firm, ¼ inch cubes
- 1/2 cup green onions , finely sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper , freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce , or tam
Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and allow to heat, then add the ginger and saute for 30 seconds.
Add the onions and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes until tender and moisture has been removed.
Add cabbage and carrots and cook 2 minutes, until just tender. Add tofu and gently stir-fry for 1 minute.
Turn off heat and add green onions, black pepper, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Stir to combine, taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.
If you purchased square wonton wrappers, use a 3 ½ inch round cutter to cut out a circle shape in the wrapper. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Keep the wrappers covered with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap to prevent the wrappers from drying out on the edges.
Use a brush or your fingers to moisten the edges of one side of the wrapper lightly with water. Add about 2 teaspoons of filling to the wrapper.
Fold the sides together a press to create a semi-circle shape, pressing out any air and ensuring that it sticks together. Moisten the edges on both sides of the dumpling lightly with water.
Create about 5 to 6 pleats along the edges of the dumpling, folding and pressing from left to right. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat. Carefully add about 10 dumplings to the pan (or what can fit and not be overcrowded), and fry for 2 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown.
Reduce the heat to medium-low. Very carefully, slowly pour in ¼ cup water into the side of the pan. The oil may splatter so do this slowly and do not hold onto the handle of the pan.
Immediately cover (I used a pan similar in size and covered as tightly as possible), and allow dumplings to steam until water has evaporated, about 3 minutes.
Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium-high. Fry for 2 more minutes, until bottoms are brown and crisp.
Work in batches, adding another tablespoon of oil and ¼ cup water for each batch.
Dip in your favorite sauce like soy or chili.
1) Once you’ve grated the carrots, chop them up into smaller pieces so it’s easier to fill and pleat the dumpling.
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