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Alton Brown shows the recruits how to make tofu- and veggie-filled dumplings.

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Veggie Steamed Dumplings
Level: Intermediate
Total: 50 min (includes sit time)
Active: 30 min
Yield: 6 servings


8 ounces firm tofu
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup grated Napa cabbage
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
35 to 40 small wonton wrappers
Vegetable oil, for coating parchment paper


Cut the block of tofu in half horizontally and put it between several layers of paper towels, set between two large plates, and top with a 28-ounce can from the pantry. Set aside for 20 minutes to extract as much whey as possible.

Cut the tofu into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl along with the carrots, cabbage, bell pepper, scallions, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, egg, salt and pepper. Toss by hand to combine.

To form the dumplings: Remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Place 1 rounded teaspoon of the tofu mixture in the center of the wrapper. Fold into a triangle and then attach the ends, then brush two points with a little water and pinch together to make a wonton shape.

Bring a large pot of at least 3 inches of water to a low boil. Brush a parchment paper round lightly with oil, then place into a steamer basket. Place dumplings onto the parchment and cover the steamer with the lid. Steam dumplings for 15 minutes, until dough is cooked and center has cooked through. Remove dumplings from steamer and serve!

Adapted from “Good Eats 2: The Middle Years” by Alton Brown © Stewart, Tabori and Chang 2010. Provided courtesy of Alton Brown. All rights reserved.

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darknessblade says:

These recipes are 99% IDIOT proof.

jann hebrank says:

veggie>???? wtf

Masa Ted says:

Bruhhh. Ketchup mustard Worcestershire sauce. Can't taste good.

Andrew Kasper says:

It's interesting watching Alton "teach" them when really when he's filming this its really just them behind the bench and the cameras.

gypsy rain says:

i wouldn't have added ketchup and mustard or the Worcestershire sauce but ,, everything else looked so good , i'm Starving now LMAO , <3 Alton

Ann Chen says:

As a Chinese, the only good part is what the Asian person does the wrap.

Sarah Cox says:

Can't help myself, I still think it's easier to buy from Costco.

Soul Eater says:

ketchup and mustard??? u serious

Serg Cross says:

Wtf???? Lol post it’s??? This guy is a chef???

david d says:

1 bag of about 30 dumplings at traders Joe's (salmon) 5 dollars vs 30 minutes to buy individually each ingredient and prep…I'm an Uber driver and even my 30 minutes is worth more than $5…even a McDonald's workers time

Akhila Thomas says:

Man they are making "momos" 😂

Matt Boselli says:

Do a lot of ingredients with cooking but at least when you cook you know it's going in your food

Archie Chen says:

Sorry, but real Chinese dumplings' fillings are nowhere near this complicated. At most 2 or 3 ingredients. Most typically ground pork and one vegetable. Leak or Napa cabbage are the most common ones used. Sometimes a little green onion. Then tiny bit of salt and egg. The extra flavors can be added later using the dipping sauce. We have never made dumplings at home using so many different things in the filling. Really feel like AB is over-complicating things here.

CalvinMousse says:

I always feel disturbing when a non-Asian making Asian cuisine

estelsil says:

Am I the online person bothered that he drained the carrots but not the cabbage?

fortheloveofchocolat says:

"This membrane vexes me sorely!" I thought I was the only one.

Joe JoeLesh says:

Alton Brown is one of the best celebrity chefs of all time.
He can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Julia Child, and Jacques Pépin.

Rick Wieland says:

Veggie steamed dumplings with PORK! WTF

Andrew Ryan says:

What's the recipe for the dripping sauce?

STULTUS DOES Stuff says:

as a chinese person I feel offended bY ketchup and mustard inside dumplings

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