This recipe combines tofu, cabbage and carrot with delicious seasonings like hoisin sauce, sesame oil and more, for sensational steamed wontons. Whether you are a vegetarian and therefore looking for vegetarian wontons, or whether you just like tofu, there is no doubt this recipe is fantastic.
Maybe you are wondering how to use a bamboo steamer and the good news is they are easy to master. You can either line the steamer with lettuce or banana leaves, or simply use some spray oil so your tofu dumplings do not stick. Bring half an inch of water to a boil in a wok and sit the steamer on top so it doesn’t touch the water. That’s pretty much all there is to steaming.
Serve these tofu wontons as an appetizer or as part of an Asian dinner and sit back while the compliments come!
½ lb (500g) firm tofu
1 lightly beaten egg
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (fresh coriander) leaves
1 coarsely grated carrot
2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoon black pepper
40 small square wonton wrappers
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
Handful shredded Napa cabbage
Water, as needed
Non-stick vegetable spray
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
Cut the tofu horizontally in half and put the slices on a plate between paper towels. Put another plate on top and a can of vegetables (or similar) to act as a weight. Let the tofu stand for 20 minutes.
Cut it into ¼ inch cubes and put them in a mixing bowl. Add the cabbage, carrots, green onions, red bell pepper, cilantro, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, salt, pepper and egg and stir gently.
Brush the edges of a wonton wrapper with water and add ½ teaspoon of the tofu mixture to it. Shape the wonton as desired, perhaps into a triangle, ensuring there is no air trapped inside. Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers and filling, keeping the prepared wontons covered in a damp cloth.
Bring ½ inch of water to a simmer over a moderate heat and spray the inside of your bamboo steamer with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange as many tofu dumplings in your steamer as will fit without touching, then cover the steamer with its lid and steam for 10 minutes over a moderate heat. Transfer the done ones to a heatproof platter and keep in a warm oven until all the dumplings are done.
You can see underneath the wontons are some green leaves and some people like to line their bamboo steamer with banana leaves or lettuce. If you do not have either then a little spray oil will stop the wontons sticking. These wontons make a delicious appetizer or snack, and they are perfect for vegetarians because they are based on tofu. The vegetables and various seasonings work well with the tofu to add plenty of flavor and complement the tofu's taste. If you are a keen home cook, you really must try making some steamed wontons. You are sure to love them and want to try many different flavors!
Tofu is an ingredient which is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into blocks. It is used in various East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Tofu can be fresh or processed, and its subtle flavor suits a variety of savory and sweet recipes. It is often marinated or seasoned before use.
Tofu dates back nearly 2000 years to ancient China and during the Nara period its production technique was introduced into Korea and Japan. Tofu is low in calories, featuring a lot of protein but not much fat. It is also high in iron and depending on how it is made, it can also be rich in magnesium and calcium, making it a great health food.
Fresh tofu is usually sold immersed in water to keep it moist. You can get silken tofu which is very soft, firm and extra-firm tofu which can be cooked without falling apart, dried, processed, and pickled tofu. There are also various sweet varieties. Silken tofu can be used to make desserts, smoothies, and delicate foods. It is often added to Chinese soup recipes in tiny cubes and eaten with a spoon since the very soft kind is nearly impossible to pick up with chopsticks, unlike firm and extra-firm tofu.
If you want to add a meaty texture to your wonton recipes without using meat, then tofu is a good standby instead since you can marinate it or add other seasonings to give it a meaty likeness. Another way to get meatiness without using meat is to use mushrooms. These have a rich, earthy flavor and texture which makes up for the wontons not containing any meat. Wonton recipes do not have to be meaty, of course, but if you do want to replace the meat with something, then either tofu or mushrooms should do the trick.