Gimme Some Dim Sum

Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time:  10 mins | Total time: 20 mins 

serves 16 dumplings


  • 1 batch wheat dough
  • 150 g/1 cup + 2 tbsp white wheat flour
  • 80 ml cup water
  • 100 g/3½ oz. firm tofu, drained and sliced into small cubes
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed
  • 1 red onion, cubed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ⅓ small head Chinese cabbage
  • 200 g quorn mince
  • A large handful of fresh mint leaves, shredded
  • 1 tsp chive, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

For the dipping sauce:

  • A handful of fresh mint leaves, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh chilli/chile, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Prepare the wheat dough. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and combine with the water to form a dough.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 20–25 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Separate and roll into two equal cylinders about 2.5 cm/1 inches in diameter.
  4. Cover with a damp kitchen cloth and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling.
  6. Sprinkle salt over the tofu slices and set them aside for 30 minutes before squeezing out the excess water.
  7. Place the olive oil and cubed onion in a small frying pan/skillet and cook over a medium heat until soft and translucent.
  8. Add the cumin and coriander.
  9. Transfer to a large mixing bowl to let cool.
  10. Drain well and wrap in a clean, dry kitchen cloth to remove any excess moisture.
  11. Finely shred the dry leaves and add to the onions in the mixing bowl.
  12. Add the minced meat, herbs, chives, ginger, soy sauce and tofu and-and mix to combine.

To prepare the skins:

  1. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough cylinders into 16 equal pieces.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each piece with a rolling pin until it has a round shape and a diameter of around 7.5 cm/3 inches.
  3. Place a large teaspoon of filling into the centre of each skin.
  4. Dip your fingertips in a small dish of water and slightly moisten the edge of half the skin.
  5. Fold the skin in half over the filling, and pinch the corners together to shape into a traditional half-moon crescent.
  6. Add a few little-folded pleats along the edge as you seal.
  7. Put a pan of water on to boil and gently lower the dumplings into the boiling water. Cover with a lid. The dumplings are cooked when they float to the top.
  8. Drain the dumplings and let them cool slightly.
  9. For the dipping sauce, mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  10. Pan-fry the dumplings in the sunflower oil over a medium heat until lightly brown and crisp at the base.
  11. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

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