Wrapped with Lettuce! Plump Tofu Shumai Dumplings

Wrapped with Lettuce! Plump Tofu Shumai Dumplings

These are healthy and plump. They are easily made in the microwave and can even be served to toddlers.

Ingredients: 8-9 dumplings

3 leaves
Plain flour
as needed
☆Firm Tofu
1 block (300 g)
☆Ground chicken or pork
100 g
1/2-1 teaspoon
☆Sesame oil
1 teaspoon
1-2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon
a small amount


1. Thoroughly drain the moisture from the tofu (see Helpful Hints). Mince the ginger and onion.
2. Thinly slice the washed lettuce and thoroughly dry the excess moisture (see Helpful Hints). If possible, you can gently push on the lettuce with paper towels to soak up the water.
3. Place the lettuce in a plate or shallow tray. Sprinkle with sifted flour (a very small amount!) and set aside.
4. Combine the filling ingredients and form into balls.
5. Roll the balls around in the lettuce from Step 3 and squeeze tightly so that the lettuce sticks.
6. Place Step 5 into a large (about 25 cm) heat-resistant dish. Place them around the edges in a circle (leave the center open) and sprinkle with any remaining lettuce.
7. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 6 minutes at 500 W.
8. These taste great when eaten with soy sauce and ra-yu, mustard soy sauce, or with ponzu.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make easy and healthy shumai dumplings using only a small amount of meat. So I used mostly tofu and lettuce for the skins.