Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shitake and Cabbage Dumplings

In celebration of Chinese New Year, I made some dumplings. It's been a long time since I have made dumplings from scratch, and they definitely reminded me of how delicious homemade dumplings are. I didn't follow a recipe for this and tried to pay attention to the quantities I used, but just play around. The recipe below made enough for about 25-30 dumplings. These turned out really good!


  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 10 - 15 shitake mushrooms
  • 3 chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Wonton or dumpling wrappers
Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 chopped scallion
How to:
  1. Shred the cabbage using the shredding attachment of a food processor.
  2. Grate the ginger and garlic (see note) and finely dice the scallions and mushrooms.
  3. Heat one tablespoon of sesame oil in a skillet and add the cabbage, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, and scallions. Saute for about 10 minutes, until the cabbage and mushrooms are soft. Set aside.
  4. While the filling is cooling, mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients together.
  5. Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling into a wonton wrapper - the amount will depend on the size of wrappers you use. Using your finger, wet half of the wonton edges with water - then fold over to seal.
  6. Heat the two tablespoons of canola and remaining sesame oil in a skillet. Make sure to use a skillet that has a lid. Add the dumplings (do not cover). Pan fry until golden brown. When the dumplings are brown, add the water and cover the skillet with the lid very quickly. Let steam for about 2 minutes.
Note: The key to making good dumplings at home is make sure the filling isn't too wet. You don't want it to cause the wrappers to break. Also, be conservative when you wet the edges of the dumplings. One other tip, using a microplane to finely grate the ginger and garlic is a good way to pack in the flavor.


  1. I love dumplings and will have to try these!

  2. These look fantastic! Now I'm totally in the mood for them. Yum. :)