If you like Chinese dumplings, these vegetarian pot stickers will blow your mind!! They are very easy to make (contrary to what people may think) and dumpling skins are available even in Western supermarket now. This recipe should use up one package of round dumpling skin and enough to serve a big crowd as appetizers. You can make these dumplings way ahead of time and defrost and pan-fry them just before serving. A recipe by Ming Tsai.
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
- 1 cup white cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup carrot, shredded
- 1 cup chopped garlic sprouts or 1 cup chives
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 package wonton skins, also called gyoza
- canola oil
- In a wok or large saute pan, add a little oil and saute onions and ginger.
- Add the mushrooms and stir.
- Add the cabbage, carrots and chives.
- When mixture is soft, place in colander to drain.
- Add the sesame oil and cilantro when mixture is cooled.
- Check for seasoning.
- Using the gyoza skins, make half moon dumplings keeping the bottom flat.
- In a hot non-stick pan, coat with oil and place dumplings.
- When bottom gets brown, add 1/4 cup of water and immediately cover.
- This will steam the dumplings.
- Carefully watch the dumplings and completely evaporate the water so that the bottom gets crispy again and sticks to the pot.
- Serve hot with soy sauce and vinegar for dipping.
OH. MY. GOD. Can I just say that BF and I just gobbled up ALL OF THESE!?!?!?! Granted, we hadn't eaten all day but WOW, I think I won't have my cholesterol checked this week like I'd planned :-) These were WONDERFUL! Really great! Be sure to really slam that lid down right away when you're throwing the water in the pan so you don't get completely covered with boiling grease! Also, I couldn't find shiitake mushrooms at the normal grocery store and the ethnic ones were all closed so I just used normal raw sliced mushrooms. Didn't have chives or garlic sprouts either, so I just used green onions! These are PHENOMENOL--served with sushi and some hoisin and S&S sauce as condiments.
Really, really good! Loved by kids and adults. I read most of the previous reviews before cooking and am glad I did. As always the reviews provide very valuable advise. Combining all of the advise this is what I ended up doing: I finely chopped all ingredients instead of shredding as it makes the mix more manageble. I used 1 cup of red onion which was 1/3 large red onion. I used 2 cups of shiitake mushrooms. I added 2 cloves of garlic. I used 1/2 tsp black pepper and the mix was fairly spicy. I used green onions instead of chives. I added a bit (1-2 tsp) soya sauce to the mix. I ended up with 41 pot stickers. The prep time is quite a bit longer than listed, 60 min instead of 30 min and I work pretty fast. Assembly of the pot stickers is easy, just wet the wonton wraps along the edge with water and crimp with a fork. I made them into 1/2 moon shapes, but I guess you can also make them look like wontons in a wonton soup, more like a pouch, see one of the pictures. Cooking was fast, approx 1 min to brown and 2-3 min of steaming. I did flip them over after steaming to make them brown on both sides. I served with a sauce of soya and sesame oil. Thank for sharing this great recipe. I will be making these often.
Ok. So, I added a tsp of peeper and nearly died!!! I'm not dramatic at all, BTW... whoa!! nearly ruined them for us. So, I added a whole bunch of stuff to cool them, sugar, sherry, water, oil, tofu, even rinsed it all and sauteed it again! Not sure why anyone didn't say anything, I was thinking tho', does pepper get hotter over time? My white pepp was pretty old. Anyway, these were fun to make. If I hadn't had the mishap, they would have been more fun. They taste alright to us, still a bit peppery? But next time...I know what to do. Thanks for sharing!