Vegan siu mai dumplings

Makes 24
45 minutes

Ingredients

Dumplings

  • 1 packet wonton wrappers
  • 150g of silken tofu, mashed
  • 1 spring onion, white bulb finely chopped and green part reserved for the dipping sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • fresh ginger, 1cm piece, grated
  • 50g of shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, (medium) grated
  • 1/2 white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • savoy cabbage leaves, for steaming (optional)

Dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 pinch of dried chilli flakes

Method

1
Heat the teaspoon of sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan and add the chopped white part of the spring onion. Stir to warm through then add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute
2
Tip the mushrooms into the pan and cook until softened. Add the carrot and cabbage and stir for a couple of minutes before mixing in the mashed tofu
3
Add the mirin and soy sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add extra sauce and seasoning according to your preference
4
Mix the cornflour with a teaspoon of water to make a thick paste then stir this into the pan with the filling. Remove from the heat and allow to cool
5
While the mixture cools, make the dipping sauce. Slice the reserved green part of the spring onion and combine with the soy sauce and chili flakes. Set aside
6
Dampen a tea towel or cloth to cover the wrappers and stop them drying out as you work with them. Working one at a time, use a pastry brush to dampen the edges of each wrapper with water
7
Place a teaspoon of filling on to the wrapper and bring the wrapper up gently to fold around the filling, leaving it loosely open on top. Keep the dumplings on a piece of floured greaseproof paper until ready to cook
8
Line a steamer basket with greaseproof paper or savoy cabbage leaves and add the dumplings. Place over a simmering pan of water and steam for 15 minutes until softened and cooked through
9
Serve hot with the dipping sauce alongside