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Chinese Vegan Pot Stickers
Vegan friendly potSticker with eggplants, coriander, green onion, shitake mushroom and Chinese mung bean noodles as filling.
The bad news today is that I get really thick and tough dumpling wrappers today, so please forget about the shaping. But the good one is the yummy final taste. My family cannot even figure out this is a vegan friendly pot stickers.
Recently I am thinking about creating more vegan-friendly or vegetarian friendly recipes on this blog. Although vegan Chinese recipes are not so famous, they deserve the notice! There are indeed many vegan friendly recipes in Chinese cuisine. Many of them even taste better than dishes with meat. This vegan potsticker is a great example.
I use stir-fried eggplants as the replacement of meats. In fact, I guess chicken leg mushroom can do the same. Besides, chopped coriander, chopped green onions and shopped shitake mushroom are also added for a more combined taste. In case you are not familiar with mung bean noodles, I would love to introduce it a little bit. Mung bean noodles is made from healthy green mung beans and present a crystal appearance. It is also named as glass noodles in China. You may find them in local stores or skip this ingredients. But I high recommend using some in the filling.
I was given a bag of potsticker wrappers so I skip this ingredient today. However when I get the first wrapper on my hand, I was really frustrated because those wrappers were so thick and tough. You may see from the pictures that it was really hard for me to press the edges together. But this does not influence the final taste very much because I am making potstickers. We have one potsticker assembling method, leaving the wrapper sealed incompletely so the filling inside can be cooked quickly and completely. Since I get “bad” wrappers today, I add around 1 tablespoon of warm water after the bottom side are sautéed to golden brown during the cooking process in order to make sure that other parts are cooked completely (the power of vapour). Then we need to continue cooking until all the water added are evaporated, and then the pot stickers become crispy again.
Chinese Vegan Pot Stickers
Chinese vegan potstickers with eggplants, corinader, green onions and shitake musrhooms.
Serves: making around 50 mini potstickers
1 package of wrappers (around 50)
1 middle size eggplants, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 garlic clove, mashed
½ cup chopped coriander
½ cup chopped green onion
½ cup chopped shitake mushrooms
1 small bunch of mung bean noodles, soak in warm water for around 15 minutes and then cut into small sections
1 tablespoon vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon warm water
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Peel the eggplants, cut into small cubes and then soak the cubes in salted water for around 10 minutes. Transfer out and drain. This will help to reduce the oil absorbed by the eggplants in stir-fry process.
In a sauce pan, heat up around ½ tablespoon of vegetable cooking oil and then stir fry eggplants with mashed garlic until soft. Transfer out.
In a large bowl, mix stir-fried eggplants, mung bean sections, coriander, green onion and shitake mushroom with salt, light soy sauce and Chinese five spice powder.
Assemble the potstickers one by one.
Brush some oil on a pan; lay the potstickers and sauté with medium fire until golden brown. In order to make sure the potstickers are cooked toughly, I would suggest pouring around 1 tablespoon warm water after sauté the bottom side to golden brown. The theory is to steam other parts of the potstickers with vapour. Turn the potstickers over from time to time.
Transfer out when the water added are evaporated and potstickers become crispy again.
Serve immediately or with chili sauce you prefer.