Dumplings are my favourite to make (and eat) because you can pretty much put anything you like inside, and they’ll turn out amazing. They are also so fun to prepare and feel like origami in the kitchen. As tomorrow is my birthday, I wanted to bring something a bit special: ahoy all crocheters out there, not only will you get a recipe, you’ll also get an amazing crochet tutorial for your very own fantastic yarn-dumplings! This special tutorial was made to order by my cousin over at Yarntastic Vibes. Go check her out: she’s a pretty amazing lady!
For the recipe, I pretty much use whatever is in my fridge to make the filling paste in my food processor. Of course, you can chop everything up by hand, but I prefer to use my food processor for a faster solution. I’m sharing my basic recipe here, but you’ll also find a list of great additions below.
Here is what you need:
For the filling:
- 1/2 block firm tofu (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 carrot
- 2 green onion stalks
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup cabbage
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste
For the wrapping and cooking:
- Dumpling wraps, rounds: I find these at my local Asian grocery store. They are very cheap, vegan (flour and water) and very convenient.
- 1 tbs sesame oil
For the dipping sauce:
- 1 tsp vinegar (I like to use balsamic, but of course Chinese black vinegar would be ideal)
- 3 tsp soy sauce
Other possible add-ons:
- mushrooms: oyster mushrooms give a really nice shew, but any kind will work
- cooked beans: great substitute for the tofu, if you prefer to go soy-free
- spinach or other leafy greens: dumplings are a perfect way to hide our greens!
- kimchi: for dumplings with a kick
- nuts: for a bitier bite
Here is what you do:
- Cut out the ends of your carrot, and pulse in your food processor until you have small chunks. You want to stop just before you get a smooth, homogeneous mixture so that your dumplings have a bit of crunchiness. Transfer the carrots to a bowl.
- Place the rest of your filling ingredients in your food processor and process until you have a smooth paste. Transfer to the carrots and mix well.
- Form your dumplings by placing one teaspoon of filling in the centre of your wrapper. Circle the rim of your wrapper with some water to help it stick and fold one side over the other. Press firmly to seal, or pleat for a more traditional look. Check out Mary’s Test Kitchen’s tutorial. Repeat until you are out of filling.
- To cook, place your sesame oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is warm, place your dumplings. Let cook for a few minutes, and add 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Cover and let cook until all the water has evaporated. You might need to add more water depending on the size of your pan. You know your dumplings are cooked once the wrapper is slightly more translucent on the rim. At that point, uncover and let your dumplings grill until they are nice and golden on their bottoms. Serve hot and enjoy with the dipping sauce!
Making dumplings might be intimidating, but it’s actually very simple. I find that you don’t really need to cook the filling before you make the dumplings: the vegetables maintain a nice crunch that way! I love how versatile and impressive this looks. Let me know if you try this out!
If cooking is not quite your thing, check out the following crochet tutorial for another fun dumpling night!
Hi there my Lighthearted friends, it’s SO nice to meet you all! Before we get started with today’s appetizer, I would like to thank my cousin for letting me be her guest on her blog for the day…thank you cousin <3! Anyways I would like to introduce myself to you all before we get started with this delicious appetizer. My name is Annie, and I am the behind the scenes person of Yarntastic Vibes. I love to knit and crochet but mostly am a full-time crocheter. I love to watch my imaginations come to life with the hooks and create my own colour works with the needles. However, I only knit seasonally since knitting takes a little longer for me. Well with that being said, let’s get started with the appetizer, shall we! Don’t worry friends this dish is fairly easy to cook up and it’s delicious as well ;). I will walk you through it step by step, I promise!
Here are the main ingredients that you will need in order to make your dumplings:
- A size 4.25 hook (or US size G)
- A couple of grams of tan coloured yarn
- Some stuffing
- Yarn needle
- And scissors
Some abbreviations that you will need to know:
- ML = Magic Loop
- SCS = Single Crochets
- DCS = Double Crochets
- INC = Increase
- CH = Chain
Now that you’ve gathered all of your ingredients and knowledge, it’s time to make the dumpling wraps!
Dumpling Wraps (Make 4):
Round 1) Create 6 scs in ML (6)
[[or you could also chain 2 and then make 6 scs into the second st from the hook]]
Round 2) Create 2 scs in each st around (12)
Round 3) *1 sc in next st, 1 inc* around for 6x (18)
Round 4) *1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 inc* around for 6x (24)
Round 5) *1 sc in next 3 sts, 1 inc* around for 6x (30)
Round 6) *1 sc in next 4 sts, 1 inc* around for 6x (36)
We’re not done yet, we still have to do the detailing of the fork’s imprint! To do so, fold your dumpling wrap with the tail end on the inside like so…
Now take your hook and insert it into the next st then chain 3 and then turn your work over.
Next, yarn over, insert your hook into the next st and pull through, yarn over once more, and pull through for your first double crochet…
Since you made the first two double crochets with the chain 3 and your first DC, you would want to make 3 more DCs for a total of 5 DCs for a single bobble stitch.
You would want to make a total of 8 bobble stitches along with a sc around the seem to make the dumplings look like this…
Remember to stuff your dumpling before you close it off with your last bobble stitch!
Here’s my favourite part of crocheting. Cut off about 5 inches of yarn and thread it through your yarn needle. Take the yarn needle and pass it through the stitches on the inside of the dumplings to hide the tail, and voila! You have your very first side dish of dumplings :D! Congratulations you!
Well, that was fun! Thanks again Anne for letting me be your guest blogger today :). I’ll pass the baton over to you now so you can sign us off <3.
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing tutorial, Annie! Go visit her page, and let us know if you try our dumplings out!