After making a stock with lots of dried mixed Asian mushrooms I had quite a few cooked mushrooms leftover, so I made some dumplings.
The ingredients are:
Cooked Asian mushrooms (about a cup)
Dumpling pastry (50 pieces, round)
Tofu, 1 block
Coriander (a few leaves and stalks)
Soy sauce, to taste (I always use Japanese soy sauce)
There are two more ingredients which I didn't photograph, one is
Sesame oil, 1 tsp
(I didn't take a photo because my bottle is too greasy and you cannot read the label)
and the second is
Bread crumbs, 1 or 2 tbsp
(I didn't take a photo because I was to busy mixing the filling)
Place the mushrooms, tofu, coriander, soy sauce and sesame oil in a food processor and pulse until you get a fine texture. Add the bread crumbs a little at the time to reach a workable thickness (the other ingredients have high liquid content). I add bread crumbs also because they give the filling a nice and balanced taste, bringing out the Umami in the other ingredients.
I didn't add salt: the mushrooms were cooked in a light vegetable stock, and the soy sauce is salted. But you can do what you like :-)
Place a little filling on each pastry circle
Lightly wet the borders with water
Gently fold the pastry
Pinch the ends well and make sure that there are no air bubbles inside
To cook them:
Personally I really like steamed dumplings, or cooked in a soup, but we had soup the night before, and my family really liked them fried... but I didn't want to fry all those dumplings (too greasy) so I opted for a half-way. In Japan they make Gyosa, also called potstickers, you cook them quickly in a hot pot with very little oil.
Place them in the hot pot standing up so that the bottom get golden and lightly crunchy, then turn them on both sides (I did 25 at the time and it was hard work!!!). At the end you are supposed to put a lid on and let them simmer in their own steam for a few seconds, but because I had so many dumplings I pan fried them in two batches, then put them all back in the pot and added just a little water to create more steam. Lid on for a minute and they were ready and piping hot. We ate them with sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce, very filling, 50 between 4 people and our bellies were round, and satisfied!