Shiitake Napa Cabbage Dumplings
"Can’t celebrate Chinese New Year without some good meat-free potstickers/dumplings, right? To make it even easier, you can also get the fresh wrappers from Asian supermarket. Happy Chinese New Year!"
-- @lumadeline


Prep time 20mins
Cook time 8mins


For the dumpling

  • 1 medium napa cabbage
  • 2 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/ 4 of medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, , to taste
  • 1/ 2 cup sesame seeds, placed in a small bowl
  • 3 tablespoons water, on a flat plate

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • Step 1

    Slice the cabbage into thin strips and put into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp salt and mix well together. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    At the meantime, cut the shiitake mushroom into small dices. Use another mixing bowl, add in the shiitake mushroom, purple onion, ginger, garlic, and spring onion. Take the cabbage stripes out of the other mixing bowl and use two hands to squeeze out the excess water and then put into the mixing bowl with the mushroom mix. Add 1 tsp of salt and some fresh pepper. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Spoon 2 teaspoons of the filling onto the center of each round wrap. Bring up the sides of the wrapper; press and pleat the edges to seal in the filling. Dip the bottom of dumpling in the plate water and then dip it in the bowl of sesame, so the bottom of the dumpling is evenly covered with sesame seeds. Place the finished dumpling onto the chopping board or baking sheet.

  • Step 4

    In a skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Arrange the dumplings in the skillet, pleated edge up. Cook over high heat until the bottoms are lightly browned, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook until the filling is cooked through, 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until the bottoms are well browned, 1 minute; transfer to a plate and serve.