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Korean-style Dumplings

What you need: 

1 pound firm or extra firm tofu
1 (8 ounce) package white mushrooms
1/2 small onion, finely diced
4 green onion stalks, finely minced
1/2 medium zucchini, peeled and diced small
1 medium carrot, finely diced
2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
3 to 4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
2 or 3 pinches vegan sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 package (6-8 ounces) dumpling wrappers, at room temperature
light oil, for pan frying
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white or rice vinegar

What you do: 

1. Drain tofu well and squeeze between a few paper towels (or cheesecloth, or a tea towel) to remove excess water. Crumble into a large bowl. Combine vegetables with tofu. Pour in sesame oil and soy sauce, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing with hands to coat ingredients.
2. Sprinkle in vegan sugar. Add ginger and garlic, then mix with hands to incorporate. Fill a small bowl with water (for sealing wrappers) and prepare an assembly line.
3. Scoop roughly 1 tablespoon of the tofu/vegetable mixture into the center of the wrapper. Wet fingertips with water and dampen the edges of the wrapper. Fold one side over to make a semicircle, then press along the edges to seal. Continue until all the mixture, or the wrappers, have been used.
4. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1 or 2 tablespoons light oil into the pan and arrange dumplings so they are not touching.
5. Gently brown on both sides, then carefully pour in 2 tablespoons water and cover the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, until heated through, then remove from heat. Combine soy sauce and vinegar for dipping sauce, and serve.
These are time consuming, but well worth it. These freeze very well; simply arrange the uncooked dumplings on a baking tray and freeze overnight, then transfer to freezer bags or containers. To cook from the freezer, pop them directly into the pan (unthawed). You may need to let them steam for a little longer to heat them through.
Source of recipe: I modified the recipe for mandu from www.maangchi.com and added some of my own touches.

Preparation Time: 
About 1 1/2 hours, Cooking time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
5 to 10 minutes
Servings: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

A tip I learned from my grandmother ("You can make mandu?" "Yeah, grandma, but I make it vegan." "Oh, but they're still good."): place several wonton wrappers on a plate, overlapping so that only the edge on one side is exposed; take a pastry brush and dip it in water, then paint the row of wrapper edges.  This way you can make several in a quick row.  I hope I explained that decently, but if not I'll try to make a video or something.  It really saved a ton of time!

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