It never fails that when I become infatuated with a food the stores are bound to quit selling them. My recent letdown has been from Trader Joe’s who stopped doing their vegetarian/edamame shumai. I loved these little things but all good things must come to an end, even if they continue making their pork and chicken versions!
Well, thanks to Maki over at JustBento, I found an awesome recipe for vegan shumai dumplings. She made them look so easy to make and all the ingredients were easily found at the asian market, so I decided to give it a go. You can find the recipe on her site here.
I took her advice and got all my ingredients together and sat in the living room making them on the coffee table. Forming them took a bit of time to get right, but once I had the technique down it took me no time to make a total of 20 dumplings.
Once I was done forming the dumplings, I opted for the pan fry/steam method of cooking them. I added oil to the bottom of the frying pan to heat, then added my shumai. I let them fry on the bottom for about 3 minutes then added boiling water to the pan to cover the dumplings halfway then covered to steam for 10 minutes. They came out perfectly.
We enjoyed these in bento boxes for dinner along with stir fried noodles and vegetables, inarizushi and dragon fruit grenata (so easy, find my recipe here!) It was a nice and refreshing dinner and we had plenty of shumai left over for snacking on!