Fat Hen Weed Dumplings
Chinese dumplings are a popular dish and have travelled far and wide including here in Melbourne and many other places in Australia. There have been an influx of dumplings houses popping up and feeding the Aussie masses with their tasty flavours.
I decided to make some dumplings using Fat Hen weed instead of spinach. Fat hen is also known as Lambsquarters, Goosefoot and Wild Spinach, it can be eaten raw if you find young leaves, personally I find the flavour too intense for my palate and prefer it cooked. Fat hen is part of the Spinach, Quinoa and Amaranth family. The weed contains beta-carotene, vitamin B2, niacin, calcium, iron, and phosphorus.
Here is my new recipe which I tested several times and finally got right! I love these little soft pillows of goodness which are filled with organic carrots, tofu, mushrooms and nutrient packed weed, Fat hen.
Vegetarian and gluten free dumplings.
2 medium carrots- shredded finely
1 small onion- finely chopped
A handful of mushrooms- finely chopped
150gms organic tofu- finely chopped
1 bunch Fat hen- washed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of vegetarian oyster sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
50 dumpling wrappers (made from rice flour)
- Sauté the onions until they have changed colour, add carrots, mushrooms, oyster sauce, soy sauce and cook for 3 mins or until soften
- Add the tofu and cook for 1min- if the mixture is sticking to the pan, add a couple of tablespoons of water
- Take it off the heat and let it cool down
- Take one wrapper out and scoop a full teaspoon into the centre
- Wet the edges and seal, making sure you leave no air pockets
- Boil them for 3-5 mins or until they rise to the top of pot or pan fry them
A short video on how to make dumplings, click below!
In some cultures Fat hen is not treated as a weed but is cultivated. I hope that my recipe can temp you to try and include this wonderful vegetable into your diet. If you are concerned or not confident that you can not correctly identify the weeds, you can find them at your local farmers market. I bought my big bunch of Fat hen for only $3.
Lady Rice x
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