Homemade Vegan Dumplings
Updated: Jul 15
Prep time: 20-30 min; Cook time: 15-20 min; Serves 3-4 Cost: ~ $2 per serving
Me and my boyfriend love Asian cuisine; we're suckers for it. But as backpackers, we can't exactly afford to eat out every night. In an effort to be more frugal, we've decided to try our hand at recreating a few of our favorite dishes.
Here in Australia a serving of 5 dumplings will cost you at least $10 AUD (roughly $7 USD). With this recipe, we've priced a serving of 6 to cost only $3-4 AUD (~$2 USD).
Price Breakdown (AUD)
wonton wraps- $2.50
Total Cost: $12 = ($8 USD)
This is just a rough estimate- we reckon the total cost for the dish is actually a bit lower given that we can reuse the sauce for other dishes!
This was the first time either of us tried to make dumplings and we actually found it surprisingly simple! Not only were they delicious and filling, but they managed to completely satisfy our cravings for Chinese food.
We were able to find the dumpling papers in the refrigerated section of a local Asian mart. Then we just picked out a couple veggies at the store along with some vegan hemp burgers (added for protein and a bit of extra texture), & sweet soy sauce (Any soy sauce will work just fine in this recipe)!
Most of the work for this recipe revolves around mincing the veggies. Once those are all diced up the rest moves pretty quick. This recipe would be even simpler if you had a veggie chopper or a food processor! Unfortunately all we had were cutting boards and knives but it gave us a nice bit of quality time together in the kitchen. (I've actually found that to be one of my favorite things about traveling! I feel like I spend a lot more time in the kitchen; cooking my own meals and experimenting with different foods).
This is how our filling looked once it was cooked:
Feel free to try these out with different veggies and sauces! This is a very loose recipe so there's lots of room for adaptation. Also, don't stress too much about the measurements - we just eyeballed! ;)
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 thumb of ginger
4 brussel sprouts
1 small brown/yellow onion
1 baby chili pepper
1 hemp burger (or other veggie burger)
1 pack dumpling pastry sheets
4 button mushrooms
Sweet soy sauce
Hot chili sauce (optional for dipping)
1. Mince all ingredients and add to a bowl (make sure the ginger is peeled)
2. Drizzle oil in a medium sauté pan (or simply add a bit of water to the pan) and place over medium-high heat.
3. Add veggies along with 2 Tbsp soy sauce & stir occasionally until cooked.
4. Once veggies are cooked, start assembling dumplings:
- lay out dumpling dough
- add a spoonful of filling to the center of the dumpling (leaving room around the edges)
- dip finger in water and wet around the entire outer rim of the dumpling
- fold dumpling dough in half over the filling and press edges together
5. Line dumplings in a steaming tray and place over a pot of boiling water (Avoid stacking on top of each other. They'll stick together... we learned this the hard way)
6. Steam for 15-20 minutes and serve with soy sauce, chili sauce, or anything else you prefer. *you can also try pan frying the dumplings! I haven't tried that but it might provide a different texture, let me know how it goes if you try it!
Comment below and let us know how yours turn out!
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