Jul 17, 2014 #THECATKITCHEN RECIPES: VEGAN GYOZAS My neighbourhood wet market sells organic beetroots. Hence, I try to juice beetroot regularly. It’s something I’ve kept to since turning vegan five years ago. After juicing, we get this fine, grated texture of beetroot. I usually juice beetroot with carrots, ginger and granny smiths. I hate to waste anything, especially the good stuffs. Along the way, i’ve learnt to use the pulp for a variety of recipes. Cookies, breads, granolas, soups, salads, and gyozas…Yes. GYOZAS. When it comes to gyozas, I’m the Queen. I’ve always been a fan of gyozas and sure can live on gyozas only! Sadly, I never found convincing vegetarian or pescatarian versions, let alone vegan ones. Most gyozas are made with minced pork. While the vegetarian ones are made with chopped shitakes, carrots and celery. YUCKS, I HATE CELERY. I would literally convulse when I taste celery. Honestly, I do find most vegetarian dumplings too chunky and less digestible. They lack that fine juicy minced pork texture. Often, vegetarians or vegans are considered second class citizens at most restaurants. Which explains why world famous vegan gyozas don't exactly exist in our world. So by accident, I created my own version of vegan gyozas with whatever I had in the fridge.A pack of dumpling skins and beetroot pulp mixed with ginger. I staunchly get the skins from Meidi-ya supermarket, the brand is called Ryushobo. Of course, you should always make your own dumplings skins if you can. Coincidentally, I ran out of cilantro and replaced them with chopped basil which are always readily available from my massive herb pot. And I thought basil and beetroot made for a killer combination! The earthiness of the beetroot and freshness from the basil along with the distinct tart taste of a vinegar dip make these truly original vegan gyozas. Halfway eating them and realizing the similarities of how the ingredients tasted like a roasted beetroot with balsamico, garnished with basil leaves... Anyhow, it was a strangely detoxifying dish, have a go at it and tell me what you think! X #THECATKITCHENRECIPES: VEGAN GYOZASServes 4 as a side dishINGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLINGS 3 cups fine beetroot pulp ¼ cup fine ginger pulp 3 tbs non gmo organic toasted sesame oil ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp pink himalayan salt FOR THE DUMPLINGS ¼ cup chopped basil leaves 15 to 20 round dumpling wrappers brown rice vinegar for dipping ¼ cup of sake ½ cup of water 1 tbs first cold-pressed olive oi METHOD Add beetroot, ginger, sesame oil, pepper, salt in a bowl and mix well. Spoon up to a full teaspoon of filling into each dumpling wrapper. Use your fingers to dab a bit of water around the edges of each wrapper. Fold the wrappers in half, over the filling, and pinch the edges and create pleats starting from one end to the other. Prepare a large skillet and heat up the olive oil. Start assembling the gyozas into a circle, wings [pleated side] up. Once they turn golden brown on the bottom, add sake and water. Cover with a lid immediately and steam for 3-5 mins. Serve with vinegar for dipping and garnish with chopped basil. NOTESMake extra filling and keep them in a sealed container, they can last a few days for more gyozas! Add white fish or shrimps to them if you love a bit of seafood.