These Vegan Tofu Dumplings do not appear as hard to make as they appear. It requires only a few key ingredients and will leave you wanting more. No need to order take-out anymore for dumplings!
Ever since I could walk, I always followed my mom into our kitchen whenever she cooks. I would stand near the stove with a stool when I was not tall enough yet and watch her cook. My mom learned all her cooking from my grandmother, the 2nd oldest of 10 and the only daughter on my grandmother’s side who truly enjoyed cooking and cooks the flavors of my grandmother’s home.
I love watching her bring the kitchen alive, never cooking with a recipe, and always able to create an amazing dish by throwing ingredients and spices together. She didn’t use expensive ingredients or cookware but whatever she had in hand. She would not replace any of her pots and pans until they actually break apart. From her, I not only learned to value food in its simplest form but also, to appreciate all the things we have in life.
My mom did not make dumplings often because of the time it takes to make them. However, whenever she does, she would make a couple dozen of them so she could store them in the freezer and have them whenever we wanted some. It was often on Saturday mornings or early afternoons when she started.
She would set all the ingredients in the large dining table we had, her facing in front of the T.V. so she could watch whatever Chinese drama was on. When I was little, I would sit on one side of the table watching her fold the dumplings in only a few seconds, always the perfect shape and size. She would hand them to me when they were done so that I could put them in a large plastic food storage container. We didn’t talk a lot but it is the presence of her and the quiet moments we have together that I value the most. None of my siblings were interested in cooking at all.
When she was done and had a little dough left, she would let me play with it. I would try to fold them the same way my mother did but never was successful. It wasn’t until I was older, in middle school, that my mom and I started making dumplings together to speed up the process. I was not good with them at all, but my mom always encouraged me to keep practicing and if one did not come out right, she would re-fold them for me, reminding me that as we practice more our skills would develop overtime.
I wouldn’t say I am proficient with it since I have not made them for a while, but I’d say they are decent looking. The tofu fillings have the perfect amount of seasoning so that you can dip the dumplings into some soy sauce if you want. I made homemade wrappers, but you can also buy them from any Chinese supermarkets, just make sure the ingredients do not contain eggs. I added some vegan food coloring to have some fun with them. The food colorings are made of natural ingredients only.
To make these Vegan Tofu Dumplings and the Wrappers, you will need:
-all-purpose flour (gluten-free if needed)
-vegan food coloring of choice (optional)
-toasted sesame oil
-Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
-organic cane sugar
-ground white pepper
Ready to make some dumplings together? Let’s start cooking!