Thursday, September 10, 2009


Ah, dumplings. I wonder why I waited so long to make you again.
Did dumplings two ways this week. Asian style dumplings yesterday and Italian 'Ravioli' style dumplings today.
I'm still using the pre-made dumpling wrappers because I don't have the time or patience right now to try making them on my own. Also, I'm moving soon (yaay!) and I'm trying to eat up everything I can to make things easier for everyone.

I filled yesterday's dumplings with minced tofu, onion, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, cumin, and garam masala. Super delicious.
I sauteed all of the above in olive oil until the onions were transl
ucent, then let it cool and spooned a teaspoon into each dumpling wrapper. I think I finally got down the folding technique for the edges, which is like a pleating. I folded the wrapper over and pinched the centre, and then started from one of the edges, pleating towards the middle and gently pressing out air bubbles. None exploded during steaming, and only two let water in when I boiled the next batch.
For the Italian dumpling
s, I used a similar base but added broccoli, oregano, fresh basil, pesto and tomato paste, along with some hot chili powder. I have it for my lunch, with spicy olive tomato sauce. Happy Day!


Debbie said...

What fortuitous timing! Just last night, I purchased all the goodies I need to make dumplings of my own! Spinach and tofu ones, which will mark my first time making them. Thanks for the folding tip - anything else I should know?

Liz said...

Keep the wrappers covered when you're not using them--they dry up super fast. Make a nice Korean style dipping sauce with soy, sugar, red chili paste, sesame oil, and garlic :) Boil/steam until translucent. Save one for me!

Debbie said...

Success over here Lizzers! I made these:

I only cooked and ate 6 and I'm saving/freezing the rest for my trip to the cottage this weekend! But they were very good. I will make them again, I'm sure. A litte time consuming, but if you set it up just right (ie with the tv in the sight line), then it all goes by so fast. I imagine it goes by similarly fast if you assemble them with friends. Next time?

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