Monday, November 9, 2009

La Double Vie De Dumplings

A cold winter night in 2001, a young man who had just finished his 14hour shift stepped inside a small restaurant, in the strangest part of China. A little town where Maggie Cheung, wearing no make up, will ride pass you on her bicycle. A little town where hairdressers/brothels are opened next to primary schools. He picked 2 out of the 20 kinds of dumplings from the menu. There were 50 dumplings. He finished them with minced garlic infused soy sauce and 3 big bottles of beer.

When I eat dumplings, I think of my old days working/living in Mainland China. I still insist to have dumplings with minced garlic and soy sauce.
I recently found probably the best packaged vegan dumplings in Mix Oriental (293-295 Barkly Street, Off Barkly Square, Brunswick). The Korean made dumplings are a little different than the Beijing or Shanghai ones I normally eat.
The packaging

I love to fry them (around 15-20 at a time) with 2 tablespoons of oil, mid/high heat for around 3-4 minutes. And then, put 4 tablespoons of water on the pan, put the lid on and let it simmer on low/mid heat for around 7-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, mince a glove of garlic finely (DO-NOT-USE-A-GARLIC-PRESS!!!), add to a dash of Yeo's 100% seasame oil in a small bowl of soy sauce. They should be crispy on bottom and soft on the top. Crack a Hightail Ale open and enjoy.

The other night, inspired by Carla, Kristy and I made
Pumpkin, sage and pecan raviloi with white bean and garlic sauce and frizzled leeks from The Voluptuous Vegan to feed our friends the other night. It is a lot of work but worth it. Not on a 30 degree day though.


  1. I'll keep an eye out for those dumplings next time I'm at Barkly square. I like making them myself now, but these look easier. :-)

  2. I love dumplings but my intentions to make them often fall by the wayside so I shall look out for these - I love them in soup

  3. oh.god. I cant believe you made them on such a day! you poor thing! how did it turn out ok? I wasnt too crazy about the sauce but cant think of anything else to put on them? maybe a small amount of the alfredo from vegan yum yum?

  4. Yum! I love dumplings so am going to buy some f these next time I am at Barkly Square.

  5. Cindy and Vicki, they are around $6.5 and yum.

    Johanna, they are not too hard to make but the wanton warper is not very Toby-friendly - I hate preservative.

    Carla, it was totally worth it but I shall make my own Ravoli next time.

    Lisa, get well soon! Maybe you should get those Korean dumplings and eat them with Miso soup.