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8 Treasure Rice

8 Treasure Rice

Lunar New Year starts on February 10th this year. It is a 2 week celebration that is one of the most (raucously!) celebrated holidays of the year for the more than 1.5 billion people worldwide that celebrate. Think fireworks, parades, elaborate decorations, gifts, new festive read more

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice

Think you can’t make Shrimp Fried Rice at home? Think again! This restaurant classic is beloved for good reason. I mean, who doesn’t love a big bowl of fried rice with tender shrimp and scrambled eggs?  I like to add lettuce to mine for a read more

Mushroom Dumplings

Mushroom Dumplings

Dumplings are always among the most popular appetizer choices on our menus, particularly the vegetarian ones because it’s an easy one to hook carnivores too. It’s a cliché to say “you won’t even miss the meat”, but when it comes to these Mushroom Dumplings, it really is true! Savory, meaty mushrooms marry with soft crumbled tofu before being stuffed in a crispy wonton wrapper. To top it off, there’s a super tangy dipping sauce. Mushroom Dumplings are a perfect party food. They can be made ahead, they look beautiful on a platter, and it’s always nice to make sure that everyone, meat-eaters and vegans alike, can get in on the dumpling fun.

mushroom dumplings ingredients

Dumplings, Potstickers, Gyoza, Wontons

A crispy wrapper, umami rich fillings…whatever you call them, everyone loves them. This recipe does take longer than most that I share, but that’s why I make a big batch. This recipe makes 50 Mushroom Dumplings, which sounds like a ridiculous amount, but when you have some friends or family over, they get snapped up quickly. Also, a pack of dumpling wrappers are generally around 50 pieces, so it makes sense to just use them up rather than leave you with a half pack of skins. Leftovers are good for a week in the fridge and you can even re-crisp them in a non-stick skillet for a couple minutes if you like.

Generally, when making a big batch of dumplings, I would tell you to freeze any extras raw and then just cook them off as usual, straight from the freezer. However, this one has tofu, which is not freezer friendly because of the water content. I didn’t try to freeze any myself, so I can’t say for sure whether or not they’ll come out with the proper texture. If you think you’ll never be able to finish 50 dumplings, I would say go ahead and halve the recipe.

Don’t be alarmed at how many steps there seem to be; it’s an easy and fun process and I really detail every bit of the process to make it as easy as possible. And you can make them over two days, I like to make the filling one day, and stuff the dumplings the next. Typically, in Asian households, families will get together to stuff dumplings, particularly around the holidays. So if you have older children who love to help out in the kitchen, this dumpling recipe is perfect with a cooked filling and simple fold over closure.

Let’s Get Started

I start making Mushroom Dumplings by soaking dried shiitake mushrooms. I use dried rather than fresh ones because dried shiitakes have a flavor fresh cannot match and you really want a deep savory flavor when making a filling. Plus they add a nice, chewy texture without as much moisture. When buying dried shiitakes, either at the Asian grocery or even in the international or Asian aisle of a regular grocery store, look for thick crackly ones, not thin flat ones with a pale color. If you look at the bowl below you can see that the shiitakes look like turtle shells. Those are high quality dried shiitakes which will have better flavor and texture than the pale flat ones.

submerge mushroom dumplings

veggie prep mushroom dumplings

onions mushroom dumplings

criminis mushroom dumplings

liquid mushroom dumplings

I cook the mushrooms in two batches because you want to cook off the liquid and having a fully loaded pan makes it more difficult. When the cremini mushrooms are cooked down and most of the liquid evaporated, I pour them into a bowl and set them aside. Then I reheat the same pan and cook the shiitakes. Once they’re cooked, go ahead and combine them with the other mushrooms.

ginger mushroom dumplings

sake mushroom dumplings

Now it’s time to add the tofu to our Mushroom Dumpling filling. The bland flavor of the tofu really complements the mushrooms. Tofu also adds a little heft and a pillowy textural contrast. And a good bit of protein.

tofu paper mushroom dumplings

cheese mushroom dumplings

mix mushroom dumplings

The key to Mushroom Dumplings, so they don’t fall apart while cooking, is to drain off as much excess liquid as possible from the filling. I put it in a colander fitted inside a bowl, and weigh it down. Letting it drain overnight in the fridge this way is ideal, but give it at least two hours. As you can see from the photo on the right, there is about 1/2 a cup of liquid that is drained off! Not draining the liquid would make it difficult to stuff the wrappers and also cause the finished dumplings to split open.

draining mushroom dumplings


Stuffing the Mushroom Dumplings

To simplify these dumplings, I make a simple fold over crescent shape, pressing to seal without doing the more time consuming pleats. (If you are feeling fancy and want to practice your pleating skills, I show you how in my Pork Gyoza.) I start by whisking an egg with some water to seal the dumplings. You can make this vegan by using only water, just make sure you are really creating a good seal.

wash mushroom dumplings


filling mushroom dumplings

sealing mushroom dumplings

Keep stuffing and sealing until you’ve used up all of the filling.  You should yield about 5o dumplings when you’re finished.

wrapped mushroom dumplings

You can hold the raw dumplings for a couple of hours in the fridge, but the skin gets softer and sticker as it absorbs the liquid from the filling. If you plan on serving them the following day, I would cook them off, cool them down, and then refrigerate in a container. Then reheat them right before serving. You can do that easily in a non-stick skillet for a minute or two on each side. No one will know that they’re not freshly cooked!

cook mushroom dumplings


lid mushroom dumplings

To provide a little dramatic theater if I’m serving these at a party, I portion out shredded ginger into dipping bowls and then pour the sauce over. For dinner with the fam, I just mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl before we dig in.

sauce mushroom dumplings

Speaking of parties, make these alongside a batch of Pork Gyoza and Fried Spring Rolls for a fun, stress-free finger foods holiday party. Make a batch of my magic color changing Butterfly Citrus Cocktails and you can throw a New Year’s Eve party you will actually enjoy.

Let me know what you think about these Mushroom Dumplings- leave a comment below, rate the recipe, and of course don’t forget to show off your creations by tagging us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!

beauty mushroom dumplings


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Mushroom Dumplings

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 50 dumplings 1x
  • Category: small plates
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 12 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 Tablespoons of neutral oil plus more for pan searing dumplings
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms
  • ½ large onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz medium firm tofu
  • 1 package dumpling wrappers*
  • 1 egg*

Dipping  Sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup black vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shredded ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


Make the Filling:

  1. Soak shiitake mushrooms in 2 cups of warm water for 15-30 mins. (Put a small plate on top of the mushrooms to fully submerge them in the water.)
  2. Drain and squeeze the mushrooms dry. Remove the hard stems and discard. Coarsely chop and set aside. 
  3. While you are rehydrating the shiitakes, prep your vegetables and make the cremini mushroom mixture:
  4. Coarsely chop the cremini mushrooms. 
  5. In a large pan, heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and the onion. Cook for 3-4 mins until soft and starting to caramelize, and then add the fresh chopped mushrooms. 
  6. Add the salt and ground black pepper. Raise the heat to high, and cook for another 2-3 mins, letting the moisture evaporate and the mushrooms cook down. 
  7. Put the cremini mushrooms in a bowl and set aside.
  8. Heat the same pan over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 10 seconds. Add the shiitakes and cook for 3 mins, stirring constantly. 
  9. Add the sake, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Cook for an additional 3-4 mins until the liquid is mostly gone. 
  10. Add the scallions, mix to combine, and then add the shiitakes to the bowl with the other mushrooms. 
  11. Press the tofu gently between paper towels and eliminate some of the liquid. Squeeze the tofu over a colander, crumbling it into small pieces with your hands, until it resembles large curd cottage cheese. 
  12. Add it to the mushroom mixture and stir to combine. 
  13. Put the mixture in the same colander you used to drain the tofu and place a bowl underneath it. If your colander does not have a foot, then put a small plate underneath to prop the colander up. (You want as much liquid as possible to drain off).
  14. Cover the filling with plastic wrap and put a weight on top (I put a bowl on top under the weight to keep the weight clean).
  15. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight to drain.

Fill the Dumplings:

  1. Crack the egg into a small bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon of water. Whisk with a fork to combine.
  2. Pick up 1 dumpling wrapper. Using a pastry brush or small spoon, brush the edge of half of the wrapper with the egg wash. Place a heaping 1 tablespoon of the filling in the middle. 
  3. Seal the wrapper either by simply folding it over and pinching to seal it tight (push out any air as you seal it) or by practicing your crimping skills and pleating the dumplings as you seal them closed. 
  4. Pro-tip: Use a finger from one hand to tuck the filling into the dumpling while using the other to seal it and squeeze out any air.
  5. Continue with the rest of the wrappers until you finish all of the filling. You will yield approximately 50 pieces.

Pan Fry Dumplings:

  1. Heat a non stick or well seasoned pan over medium heat for several minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl the pan to coat the surface. Place 8-12 dumplings (depending on the size of your pan) in the pan, making sure there is enough space between dumplings so they do not touch. 
  2. Sear the dumplings for 2-3 mins (check and see if the bottoms are golden brown). Flip and brown the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of water to the pan, cover with a lid, and cook for 2 mins. Uncover and cook for another minute to crisp up the bottoms again. 
  4. Repeat with remaining dumplings by cooking in batches. Serve with the black vinegar dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:

  1. Combine the soy sauce, black vinegar, sugar, shredded ginger, and sesame oil.
  2. Stir until the sugar is totally dissolved.
  3. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


* There are vegan wrappers available, look for the Nasoya brand.

* The dumplings can be sealed with water to make these vegan.

* If you do not have black vinegar, use red wine or sherry vinegar instead.

* The dumplings should be cooked within an hour or two of sealing them as the moisture from the filling will start to soften the skins and make them fragile. If you are planning on serving them the following day, cook off the dumplings and then let them cool to room temperature. Transfer the dumplings to a container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and then re-heat the dumplings for 1-2 minutes on each side, using a little oil if needed. Serve immediately.

* Any leftovers keep for up to a week in the fridge. Reheat them using the direction above.

Keywords: dumplings, potstickers, vegan dumplings, mushrooms, tofu, plant based, make ahead, wontons

Chinese Red Pork

Chinese Red Pork

Well it’s officially September. And for those of us who love to cook, that means only one thing. It’s time to return to braises and stews, and my version of Chinese Red Pork is a fall favorite! Spend a couple hours making this over the read more

Curried Eggplant and Pork

Curried Eggplant and Pork

In these days where we are all amateur food photographers and critics, it’s easy to overlook less photogenic dishes. But sometimes the humblest looking food is the most delicious. That’s why I love David Chang’s show, Ugly Delicious, and I think this Curried Eggplant and read more

Broccoli Beef

Broccoli Beef

Perhaps no other dish quite captures the American melting pot story like Broccoli Beef. Popularized in San Francisco in the early 1900’s, Broccoli Beef was more about Chinese restaurant owners catering to local tastes than it was recreating dishes from home. Broccoli wasn’t even available in China at the time, and it was brought to America by Italian immigrants. Moreover, beef was used very sparingly in China, since it is so expensive to produce. And yet this thoroughly Americanized dish is the number one seller in Chinese restaurants across the country.

Nostalgic Food Is The Best

My own love of Broccoli Beef started years ago at a long gone Chinese restaurant in North Miami. The dishes that always popped up on our Sunday table were shark fin soup (I know, but this was in the early 80s!), clams with black bean sauce, and beef and broccoli. Since I was a young kid, I’m sure it’s easy to see which of those three was my favorite.

It’s been decades now since I regularly had Broccoli Beef, but this recipe brought back all of those warm childhood memories. And I’d kind of forgotten how good it was! This Chinese takeout gem is easy enough to whip together on a weeknight, so I hope you’ll add it to your own meal rotation and make it part of your own family memories.

My version captures everything you love about Broccoli Beef; crisp-tender broccoli, perfectly cooked beef, and an umami packed sauce. I’ve streamlined it for home cooks and yes, it is better than takeout.

beef broccoli ingredients


Have you ever wondered how all the proteins in Chinese restaurants have such wonderful silky flavor and soft texture? Velveting is a technique employed by the Chinese to make even the toughest cuts of meat meltingly tender. It can be time consuming though, so I’ve streamlined the technique without sacrificing the delectable results. A brief marinade with some baking soda as a tenderizer does the trick.

BROCCOLI BEEF MARINADE broccoli beef velveting

An Addictive Sauce

broccoli beef sauce ingredients

The combination of sauces that go into this dish really make it sing. The oyster sauce gives it some backbone and umami goodness, the soy sauce some saltiness, the hoisin sauce a little sweetness and depth, the shaoxing wine some flavor, white pepper for that distinctive funk, sesame oil for some toasty aroma, and finally cornstarch for thickening. Cornstarch in the sauce also contributes to the silky texture. These pantry ingredients get whisked together to create an ultra savory sauce.

beef broccoli sauce

Blanch the Broccoli

While the beef is marinating, it’s time to prep the broccoli. It gets briefly blanched to retain its brilliant green color. Blanching the broccoli also insures it’s cooked properly, as it will only get a quick stir fry. You don’t want mushy broccoli, but you don’t want it raw either. As a side note, almost all vegetables (with the exception of delicate greens or quick cooking veggies like bean sprouts) in Chinese recipes get a quick drop into boiling water to give veggies the perfect texture and beautiful color. Many Chinese restaurants will have a cauldron of boiling water in the middle of the woks for that purpose. Blanching is the key to perfectly crisp-tender vegetables!

beef broccoli blanching

Stir Fry Time!

Once the beef has marinated and the broccoli is blanched, it’s time to cook. This is a very quickly stir fried dish. Make sure your pan is hot before you put the beef down; you should immediately hear it sizzle. Leave it for a minute, and then stir fry it for another minute. It will still be very pink when you remove it to cook the onions.

broccoli beef stir fry





It should go without saying that this needs to be served with a nice bowl of perfectly cooked rice! We love to pile it in a platter and serve family style. I know you will love how delicious this Broccoli Beef is, and how easy it is to recreate at home. So when you enjoy this classic Chinese (via America and Italy) dish, let us know! Rate the recipe and leave a comment down below, and show off your creations by tagging us in your Instagram pics @funkyasiankitchen.


broccoli beef beauty

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Chinese Beef and Broccoli

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese




  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium is fine)
  • 2 tablespoon shaoxing wine
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper

Marinated Beef:

  • 1 pound flank, skirt, or sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ tablespoons oil

Stir Fry:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons neutral oil
  • ½ large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


Marinate the beef:

  1. Slice the beef into bite sized ¼ inch slices.
  2. Place the beef, soy sauce, sugar, baking soda, and oil into a bowl. Mix well with clean hands to coat the beef with the marinade. Keep mixing until the liquid has been absorbed and the bowl is dry.
  3. Let sit for 15 mins before cooking the beef.

Make the sauce:

  1. Combine the cornstarch, chicken stock, sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, shaoxing wine, hoisin sauce, and the ground white pepper.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Set aside.

Stir Fry:

  1. Cut through the top of the broccoli, directly under the florets. Then with your knife, cut small florets from the head and set aside. Reserve the stalks for another purpose.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the broccoli. Boil for 1 minute and then drain in a colander. Cool under running water and then set aside to finish draining.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Get the pan very hot! Add 1 Tablespoon of oil, swirl it around the pan and then add the beef in one layer. Do not touch for 1 minute. Stir the beef  for 1 more minute (the beef will still be pink).
  4. Put the beef on a plate and wipe the pan with a wet paper towel. Return the pan to medium high heat. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil and add the onions. Stir fry for 2 minutes, moving the onions around constantly, and then add the ginger and garlic. Cook for 10 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Add the beef back to the pan and stir with the onions. Add the broccoli and mix again.
  6. Give the sauce a quick stir (the cornstarch tends to settle at the bottom) and then add the sauce to the pan and bring it to a simmer, stirring it into the mixture, so the sauce thickens evenly. Cook for another minute until the sauce has thickened. Add the sesame oil and stir. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a shallow platter. 
  7. Serve immediately with steamed rice.


*If you know you will not be able to use the stems of the broccoli for another purpose, go ahead and use it up in this recipe. First peel the fibrous outer skin either with a knife of peeler. Then cut the stems into thick slices and blanch for 1 minute before adding the florets to the pot. Add all of the broccoli to the beef and enjoy your broccoli full meal!