Before heading off for some psychadelic rock , I wanted to fill us up with some light spicy food , I really like dim sum even the words dim sum taste lovely in your mouth. Having bought dim sum ready made from the local Chinese supermarket for years , I have often had them as a quick treat before going out , however read made they tend to have a a high pork content which while tasty is not recommended for the lovely boyfriend who is trying to cut down on saturated fat and salt .
Luckily I have recently discovered that like that other impressively delicate looking dish , sushi , dim sum are easy and economical to make yourself , even the perfectionist in me can allow other people to help fill the ready made wrappers that are available from Chinese supermarkets with tasty healthy vegetarians options.
The supermarket had some shitake mushrooms reduced combined these will some leeks from the vegebox for a leek and shitake mushroom filling . Since I am still trying to bring the boyfreind around to the love of tofu the second set had to contain some well flavoured tofu and spring onion.
Shitake Mushroom and Leek
5 shitake mushrooms finely slices
1 small leek chopped into thin matchstick lenghts
2 tbsp of dark soy sauce.
Simmer together the ingredients in a pan until the leeks have softened .
allow to cool slightly before filling
Tofu Chilli Spring Onion Coriander and Garlic
75g of firm white tofu , cut into 1/2cm cubmes
2 tbsp Chill Garlic Paste
2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
1 spring onion finely chopped
Mix together all the ingredients and use to fill wrappers
Each of these fillings makes enough for 8 dumpings, made simply by placing the filling into the centre of a wonton/dumping wrapper , rubbing a wet finger around the edge of the wrapper and bringing up the edges to form a sack shape
The dumping can them be steamed using a bamboo steamer , place the dumpings over a pan of fast boiling water place on a simmer and allow to steam for 3 minutes. Place the dumpings from the steamer on a plate a serve with a dish containing soy sauce and finely chopped chilli and fresh coriander