On a different but related note, the vegetarian/pescetarian (including fish) diet is going well. I'm not sure how long it's been, but I suppose it's a good thing that I'm not feeling the need to count the days. And we are cheating a bit; since we eat out so rarely, we are allowing ourselves meat when at a restaurant.
*Side note: I never really explained my reasons for moving to a more plant-based diet but it's really as simple as wanting to get back to the veggie-full diet (that included meat but was mostly veggie-centric) that we enjoyed while living in France. Not only are we consuming less saturated fat but we'll also be saving a few bucks with the switch.
For the most part though, when the craving for meat hits, fish has been a satisfying alternative.
So, when the urge hit last week, I started researching common shrimp dumpling recipes. I also pulled some prior dumpling knowledge from our Chinese friend Chen (which you can read a bit about here and here) and made this recipe up after a quick trip to our favorite Asian grocery.
Yield: about 50
2 c thinly sliced green cabbage (about ¼ head)
1 T salt
1” chunk of ginger cut into 4 pieces
4 chinese leeks (or 1 large normal leek) cut into chunks
½ lb raw shrimp
3 T light soy sauce
1 T rice wine
1 t toasted sesame oil
1 egg white
1 package dumpling wrappers (found in any Asian market freezer section)
- Allow wrappers to thaw for 40 mins at room temp.
- Place green cabbage in colander over a bowl or the sink and mix with the salt.
- Allow cabbage to release it’s excess water for 15-30 mins then place the salted cabbage in an old dish towel or rag and squeeze out as much water as possible.
- In a food processor pulse the ginger until it is finely minced. Add in the leeks and pulsed until finely chopped. Then add in the salted and squeezed cabbage, shrimp, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil and the egg white and pulse until the shrimp is chopped up but still in pea-sized pieces.
- Fill wrappers and freeze (photo tutorial below) or cook as desired. You can either boil them (for 3 minutes), steam them (for 10 minutes), or cook them potsticker style (place in a saute pan over medium high heat with 1 T oil and cook for 2 minutes until brown, add 1/4 c of water, cover pan tightly, reduce heat to low and steam for 5 minutes).
How to: Crimped Dumplings
4. Move to one side and crimp over one side of the dough
5. Moving towards the edge, do two more crimps for a total of 3 per side
6. Move to the opposite side and make three more crimps
8. Line a sheet pan or cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper, line up the finished dumplings and freeze for an hour(unless you're going to cook them all up) on the pan then move them to a resealable freezer bag.
And stay tuned for a Pinterest inspired demo of this vintage vanity.