I’m a huge fan of Asian food. I’m prrrrety sure I’ve mentioned it before (many times as a matter of fact). You name it, if it’s Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc., I am the first girl in line with a plate and chopsticks in hand.
Finding Vegan a few years back didn’t mean I had to totally give up my love affair with Asian food. Perhaps the cuisine’s inclusion of rice, fresh vegetables, spices, and the best sauces had something to do with it.
I did however have to temporarily forgo some of my favorites like eggrolls and fried or steamed wonton dumplings. Traditional eggrolls and wonton wrappers (used to make dumplings) include the use of non-Vegan ingredients such as eggs.
I was disappointed to discover that typical veggie wontons were not Vegan, and that a vegan wonton soup or a vegan dumplings recipe was virtually impossible to find.
Then I discovered “aquafaba.”
Aquafaba is the juice of canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Despite its weird-sounding name, this majestic, liquid gold (yes, I named it that) is being used by Vegans and those with egg sensitivities as an egg-replacement because it is a great binder minus the bean-like flavor. Nowadays, you can google aquafaba recipe and many options instantly pop-up. As if chickpeas don’t already do enough to create awesome Vegan dishes like hummus and EP4L’s Vegan Mock-Tuna Salad, now its juice is an egg replacement?”
I was blown away by the many aquafaba recipes like: aquafaba meringue, aquafaba mayonnaise, and even aquafaba whipped cream!
And then I had an epiphany! Why not make my own egg-free wonton wrappers to create a vegan dumplings recipe? And why not use this weird-sounding aquafaba as my egg replacement? So, I did just that and created an aquafaba recipe. An aquafaba vegan dumplings and vegan wonton soup recipe were born…
This month, as the world celebrates Chinese New Year (Feb. 16th), I’m celebrating a Vegan Chinese New Year by rekindling my love of “all things wonton.” I’ve created a Vegan Wonton Wrappers recipe, which is the basis for my Vegan Dumplings recipe and Vegan Wonton Soup.
Thanks to the genius of aquafaba (and the smarty pants that came up with the idea to make it an egg replacement), I am posting 3 great recipes. EP4L’s delicious Vegan Wonton Wrappers can made to create our veggie stuffed (fried or steam-ready) Vegan Dumplings. Or they can be used to create EP4L’s freezable, Sunday meal prep friendly hearty, comfort-food worthy, Vegan Wonton Soup.
Make this vegan dumplings recipe in advance and freeze them – pulling them out as needed.
My love of Asian food will never be the same now that I can enjoy wontons again!
Check out our latest EP4L video and enjoy your Vegan Chinese New Year!