These dumpling though? They’re famous. They’ve been on television!
Did y’all know that Dara and I made an appearance on the reality TV show Dinner Party Wars? Yup! All the way back in 2010. The show features a showdown between three ‘couples’. Each throws a dinner party with a theme of their choice and then two celebrity judges decide on a winner.
Spoiler alert: It wasn’t us. Here’s a link to our episode if you want to watch!
We threw a vegetarian themed dinner party, which honestly back in 2010 was not as in vogue as it is today and so most of the episode was devoted to clips of the guests and judges joking ‘where’s the meat?!’. Hardy har har.
They have really traditional dumpling flavours, but we use soy ground ‘meat’ as a substitute, so they’re even vegan friendly. They’re also incredibly simple to make because there’s no need to pre-cook any of the ingredients and we keep it extra simple by baking them rather than pan frying in smaller batches.
As with any dumpling, the time consuming step is always in the wrapping. The first few are always a bit time consuming, but once you get into a rhythm it’s sort of relaxing. We tested these using the ultra easy method (baking) and the very easy method (pan frying and steaming) with great results.
Rather a meaty filling? Go ahead and sub for 3/4lb of ground meat of your choice. Or, try our Simple Pork Potsticker recipe. Heck, make both and have an all out dim sum feast!
Whatever you choose, I can guarantee you won’t be asking ‘where’s the meat?’.