Deciding what your next meal will be can seem like the most frustrating task, especially if you’re trying to feed fussy children and include some vegetables on their plate. If you’re wondering what to cook for dinner, with a pack of Cantonese Bostock Brothers dumplings in the freezer and some soba noodles in the pantry, you’ve got a meal that will be ready in minutes. But the best thing is that the whole family will love dinner – with no complaints.
First, cook your soba noodles. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat, despite its name, is not wheat and is actually gluten free. They taste kind of nutty and sweet, kids love them, and they have more fibre and nutrients than standard white rice or flour noodles. Boil as per packet directions, drain and use ice water to cool them and stop the cooking process- no-one likes a soggy noodle. It is a fine art making soba noodles!
Then, prepare your vegetables. These can be anything you have on hand- make sure to include all your favourites. Carrots, broccoli, finely sliced cabbage, bok choy, celery, onion, courgette, mushrooms, beans- the choice is up to you. Cook these and then set them aside.
If you prefer raw vegetables, simply chop and set aside. If you do this, consider carrots, zucchini ribbons and cucumber for a fresh, crunchy dinner.
Now, make the sauce. Finely chop coriander, add diced capsicum, and then add Mum’s Sauce and sesame oil. Sesame oil gives food an amazing taste that you’ll associate with many ‘Asian’ inspired foods. It has a very low smoke point, so it’s not used for cooking, but is ideal drizzled onto a meal once plated up or using in a sauce. If you don’t like coriander and think it tastes like soap- don’t add it. The sauce is still flavourful without it.
In a large bowl, add the noodles, vegetables and sauce together, with a drizzle of rapeseed oil. Toss well, ensuring you are gentle, so the noodles and vegetables don’t break up.
Cook your chicken and coriander dumplings in a frying pan, two minutes each side, as per the packet directions. This is the tough part, to ensure the cooked dumplings actually make it to the plate before being inhaled by hungry children (and you).
Add the soba noodle salad on the plate, and top with the dumplings. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and a handful of sprouts or microgreens- voila! A fast weeknight meal, packed with veges, delicious, and easy.
Easy, delicious chicken dumplings with soba noodle salad
This meal is ready in 20 minutes, is full of flavour, uses your favourite vegetables, and even the kids will love it.
1/2pack of Cantonese Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken and fresh coriander dumplings
Any greens you can find at home(carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage and bok choy all work well!)
100ggreen tea soba noodles
handful of The Fresh Grower fresh coriander
1tbspof sesame oil
3tbspof mum's sauce
The Good Oil for cooking + dressing
Bring a pot of water to boil. Fill a separate bowl up with room temperature water and add a few ice cubes. Have this ready to go on the bench!
Place your green tea soba noodles into the pot and boil for 3 minutes. Make sure to stir the noodles a few times while they're cooking!
Drain your noodles, and pour them into the ice water. After 5 seconds in the cold water, drain the noodles again. This stops the cooking process to ensure that the noodles won't be soggy/ Add a dash of sesame oil to the noodles and stir to coat.
Chop your raw vegetables (anything you want to stay crunchy!) and coriander, and add them to a large bowl. Pour over the Mum's Sauce and sesame oil, and mix to combine.
Cook the rest of your vegetables! Pan fry them over medium-heat with a dash of oil for around 3-4 minutes. Once cooked, set them aside.
Add noodles and cooked vegetables to the bowl. Add a dash of extra virgin olive oil or rapeseed oil.
Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken dumplings and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
Once cooked, serve the dumplings on top of the soba noodle salad. Enjoy!
Traditionally, this dish is comprised of thin noodles mixed with chilli oil, ground pork, spices and a sesame paste or tahini sauce. Every Dan Dan noodle shop has their own special twist on the famous recipe, so it’s up to you to find which is your favourite! To perfect the dish takes a lot of time and practice, so we’ve simplified the recipe. Instead of noodles, we are using our Chicken & Coriander dumplings! Of course, you can make the meal even more filling by adding both noodles and dumplings.
Specialty sesame sauce
We’ve made a version of the classic Dan Dan sesame sauce that is super easy to make at home. The key ingredient is tahini paste, which is made from ground up sesame seeds. You can also use Chinese sesame paste, which is stronger tasting as it uses unhulled, roasted sesame seeds. Tahini is becoming increasingly popular, as it’s a key ingredient in hummus and lots of plant-based alternatives. This means that, these days, it’s pretty easy to find at your local supermarket! In our Dan Dan sauce, we mix tahini paste with our House of Dumplings Mum’s Sauce, Chilli Oil, sugar and water. The earthy bitterness of the tahini blends with the tangy soy, garlic and ginger flavours of the Mum’s Sauce and the kick of the chilli oil. Use as much or as little chilli oil as you like – in Sichuan, they like this dish spicy!
Dan Dan Dumplings
NEW invention! Dan Dan Dumplings with Tahini Dressing. If you love Dan Dan noodles, you will love this one. Loads of flavours, delicious and you feel good after eating it!
Summer is just around the corner, bringing garden parties and BBQs with it! It can be hard to think of quick, easy plates to share with your friends and family. Why not try something new with these dumpling lettuce cups? They can be made with any of our dumpling range, but they’re great (and vegan friendly!) using our Hemp & Edamame dumplings.
Just prep your vegetables ahead of time and cook the dumplings at the party! We’ve taken the work out of cooking dumplings by pre-steaming them before they’re frozen. This means that all you need to do is heat them through in a pan! This takes less than five minutes and you’ve got hot, freshly cooked dumplings to serve. Make sure you’ve got your Mum’s Sauce ready for dipping!
Hemp & Edamame Dumpling Lettuce Cups
Let’s celebrate spring by inviting your friends over for some of these yummy and fresh dumpling lettuce cups. Great as a starter or main. Let’s the dumpling party started!
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or just looking to add an extra hit of protein to your diet, mushrooms should be a go-to. Our Six Mushroom vegan dumplings, paired with delicious meaty vegetables, make the perfect plant-based meal. Look no further for your next meatless Monday dinner idea!
The magic of mushrooms
Mushrooms are packed full of nutrients but light on calories. They’re great sources of riboflavin and niacin, nutrients that are usually found in meat. It’s essential to replace these in plant-based diets, and mushrooms make this easy! Of course, different types of mushrooms offer different nutrients. Luckily, our Six Mushroom dumplings cover all the bases. A blend of enoki, shiitake, woodear, oyster, portobello and brown button mushrooms mean that you’re not missing out on anything that the fungi have to offer. Even the carnivores won’t miss the meat either, with the delicious umami flavour and meaty texture. They’ll be gone so fast, you won’t even notice!
The perfect vege medley
The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix and match the vegetables to whatever you have in the fridge. To make the perfect plant-based meal, we recommend using some ‘meatier’ options. Eggplant, zucchini and capsicum all work wonders at keeping you full for longer. For this recipe, you’ll simply cut the vegetables into thin strips and stir-fry them! To flavour the dish, we use the House of Dumpling’s special recipe Mum’s Sauce. In all its soy, garlic-y, ginger-y goodness, it’s the ideal partner for stir-fry dishes.
Protein Packed Vegan Mushroom Dumplings & Veges
Who needs meat when you've got these protein packed mushroom dumplings and meaty veges!?
Never let leftover rice go to waste again with our ultimate vege fried rice! Paired with our Vietnamese Pork and Kaffir Lime dumplings, this is the perfect easy comfort food. Leftover rice is perfect for stir-fries as its slightly drier, meaning it stays crispy in the pan. No more sludgy stir-fry, this recipe will make fried rice just like your local takeaway shop!
What veges to choose?
The beauty of a stir-fry is that you can use up all the vegetables in your fridge in one, delicious meal! Pretty much any vege will work well in this dish. The classics that we love to use are onion, carrots, mushrooms and bok choy but really, anything works! You could mix it up a bit with cauliflower and baby corn, add some sweet bell peppers or even shredded cabbage for an added crunch. The versatility means that this recipe will work all year round, as you can use whatever is in season. You should vary your cooking time based on the vegetables you choose. For example, cook onions, mushrooms and carrots a bit longer to make sure they’re nice and soft. Crunchier vegetables like bok choy and beans don’t need to go in for as long!
The perfect pork!
You could pair this fried rice with any of our dumpling flavours, but we chose to use the Vietnamese pork dumplings for this recipe. Wrapped in a delicious green spinach pastry, these dumplings bring the flavours of Vietnam straight to your plate. Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal are all mixed together to create a gorgeous flavour that pairs perfectly with the stir-fried veges. To make sure that these dumplings are the best of the best, we use free-range pork from Woody’s Farm! This pork is from heritage breed pigs that are raised by Daniel Todd and his family in the Wairarapa. Happy pigs make delicious pork, so our dumplings are top quality!
Vietnamese Pork Dumplings with Fried Rice
Use any leftover rice and vegetables up in this delicious dumpling stir-fry.
Branch out with your weeknight dinners without sacrificing time or tastiness! Back in the day when House of Dumplings was still just a stall at the Harbourside Markets in Wellington, our lamb dumplings with kasundi was one of our top selling dishes! We’ve simplified the recipe so now you can make it home with just a few ingredients.
What is kasundi?
Kasundi is more like a condiment than a sauce, and is traditionally made over hours of slow cooking. Our version is a liiiitttle less time consuming, but is packed full of all the same spices. Cumin, coriander, mustard and turmeric are all key ingredients to making the perfect kasundi. The spices are the star of the dish, complimented by the acidity of the chopped tomatoes. Kasundi is a super versatile relish – people use it on salads, as a marinade for meat and to replace ketchup! It’s also, of course, a great dipping sauce for dumplings. If you’re a fan of tomato relish or chutneys, you’ll love this unique, tasty recipe. If you want to make a more traditional version of kasundi that will last longer, check out this recipe! The added vinegar means that you can keep batches for a few weeks in your cupboard. Think of all the dumplings you could dip in that!!!
Super spiced lamb dumplings
Our Nepalese Spiced Lamb dumplings are inspired by momo, a traditional Tibetan dumpling dish. They are pretty unique – packed to the brim with spices and veges and then wrapped in turmeric pastry! They’ve got cabbage, celery, carrot and onion in them but you’d never know – they just taste like delicious spiced lamb shoulder. Perfect for kids and fussy eaters! They are our dumpling chef’s favourite so definitely worth giving a try. We’ve taste-tested these dumplings with a few Nepalese nationals and we’ve got their approval! That’s how you know they’re the real deal.
Only the best ingredients!
At House of Dumplings, we are passionate about using the best quality local ingredients. Being ethical and sustainable is super important to us! In our Spiced Lamb dumplings, we use Ovation grass-fed free-range lamb. They are an 100% NZ-owned company who use sustainable farming practices to ensure the best quality meat. We are proud to use their products in our dumplings.
Nepalese Lamb Dumplings w Indian Tomato Sauce
Try something new with our delicious spiced lamb dumplings with Kasundi - a traditional Indian tomato sauce.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup that has become a bit of a cult dish in recent years! It’s no wonder why – it’s healthy and delicious but still a fantastic comfort food. The classic pho recipe is made up of chicken or beef broth, rice noodles, fresh herbs and thinly sliced beef that finishes cooking in the bowl! The flavours are so delicious that we decided to create our own pho-style dumpling soup. We used our Six Mushroom vegan dumplings to make a vegetarian dish that can be easily made vegan with just a few swaps!
Phanatic about pho
The exact origins of the famous dish are debated, but it came about in the early 1900s as a breakfast option for field workers. It’s still traditionally eaten in the morning in Vietnam. Just like how coffee warms you up in the morning, a good bowl of pho does the same! Street vendors in big cities like Hanoi sometimes wake up as early as 2am to start their broth. Perfecting pho broth is a fine art, with lots of flavours and spices needing to come together just right. In our pho dumpling soup recipe, we are showing you how to make a simplified version of pho – this one takes 15 minutes instead of hours!
The secret is in the stock!
We have a passion for finding the best quality local ingredients for our food, and stock is no exception! We use Foundation Foods stock with our dumplings and we reckon they’re the best in the biz. They’ve been making stock for close to 20 years, so they really know their stuff! For this recipe, we use their Asian Master Stock, which combines garlic, ginger and star anise for that authentic pho flavour. It’s also completely vegan, so perfect for this recipe! If you can’t find this, you can use vegetable stock instead and add some of your own spices. The great thing about pho is that it’s so easy to experiment with different flavours. You can add cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom or whatever you’d like! Feel free to mix and match your favourite spices and see what you like.
The stars of this dish are, of course, our Six Mushroom vegan dumplings! How can you fit six (!!) different types of one mushroom in one little dumpling, you may ask? We won’t share our secret mushroom methods, but we can say that each dumpling has a mix of enoki, shiitake, woodear, oyster, portobello AND brown button mushrooms, all wrapped up in a tomato pastry wrapper. A mushroom lover’s dream! Even for meat-eaters, the earthy, umami flavours of these dumplings do not disappoint. They’re also packed full of healthy goodness! Mushrooms have loads of fibre and protein, so they’re perfect for a vegetarian or plant-based diet. We flavour our mushroom dumplings with a 20 month aged organic miso that is the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavours of the pho broth.
Easy Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup with Six Mushroom Dumplings
A quick and easy vegetarian pho noodle soup with mushroom dumplings.
Although kale chips have been all the rage in recent years, grilled broccoli is starting to make its way to the top! In this recipe, we show you how to make the perfect pesto grilled broccoli to accompany our Edamame & Hemp vegan dumplings.
Plant-based and packed with nutrients
We have three vegan dumpling options, including our Edamame & Hemp dumplings. Sweetened with kumara and made with hemp seeds and protein from The Hemp Farm, these are an easy and delicious way to get essential nutrients into your diet. Hemp has one of the most nutrient-packed seeds out there. Hemp hearts, which are the edible inside of a hemp seed, are made up of nearly one quarter protein and are packed with fibre. This makes them the perfect choice for plant-based recipes like this one as you’re still getting your protein in!
The best pesto out there!
You can use any pesto of your choice in this dish, but we recommend Genoese Plant-Based pesto. The basil is grown on the company’s own farm in Fiji and flown to New Zealand weekly to be blended into their signature pesto. It’s hard to beat for freshness and flavour, and in our opinion is one of the best quality pesto products in the market!
To make this recipe completely vegan, their plant-based option is perfect. They replaced the parmesan with nutritional yeast to create a product that is not only completely vegan, but tastes just like the real thing! Nutritional yeast is an essential for anyone who wants to reduce their dairy intake without sacrificing cheesy flavours. It’s also packed with protein and often comes fortified with B-12 so is a perfect dairy replacement. Alongside our vegan dumplings, this creates the perfect plant-based meal!
The toasty hack – it’s life changing!
Something that sets our dumplings apart is that they’re pre-steamed before you buy them! This means that they only take five minutes to cook after thawing. In this recipe, we use our toasty method for a quick and easy hack that’s perfect for meals on the go or at work! All you have to do is pop your dumplings in an oiled sandwich press for five minutes and you have a healthy, delicious meal ready to go. You can even put them in between some baking paper sheets for a dish-less meal!
And don’t forget the sauce!
We recommend serving this meal with our Mum’s Sauce and Chilli Oil! Mum’s Sauce is Vicky’s mum’s secret recipe – it’s like soy sauce, only so much better! It’s the perfect accompaniment to dumplings, especially with the earthy flavours of edamame and hemp. Of course, if you’re a spice lover, our Chilli Oil is a must! In many Asian cuisines, chilli oil is a staple. It goes with rice dishes, noodles dishes and of course, dumpling dishes. Try our authentic and delicious Chilli Oil and you won’t look back!
Vegan Edamame Dumplings with Charred Pesto Broccoli
If you’re after a light, healthy and delicious lunch, look no further! Our Pork & Kaffir Lime dumplings paired with charred cos lettuce is the perfect meal for any season. The fresh flavours of kaffir lime and lemongrass in the dumplings are the perfect contrast for the delicious charred lettuce. It’s all topped off with Mum’s Sauce to bring the dish together!
Cos lettuce is the next big thing!
Although grilling lettuce may seem a bit out of the ordinary, you really can’t knock it until you try it. The chargrilled, smoky flavour of the cos lettuce really brings another element to the vegetable that pairs so perfectly with pan fried dumplings! Unlike other roasted or grilled vegetables that can take all evening to get right, lettuce takes less than 6 minutes to cook to perfection. Although you can use any type of lettuce that tickles your fancy, we used baby cos lettuce. It keeps its crunch even after being grilled! Cos lettuce peaks in winter, but remains available throughout summer, so this is the perfect salad recipe to keep on hand all year long.
Our ethically made pork dumplings are a taste of Vietnam
Our Pork & Kaffir Lime dumplings give you a taste of Vietnam with lime, lemongrass and galangal flavours in a spinach pastry dumpling. We use heritage breed free-range pork from Woody’s Farm in the Wairarapa in our dumplings to make sure that our products not only taste great, but they’re the best quality too! Woody’s Farm is a family owned business that’s focused on ethical farming. At House of Dumplings, we try to source the best local ingredients for all of our dumplings. Ethically made, locally owned produce are our bread and butter! You’ll see this in each flavour of dumpling that we sell! It’s important to us that our customers are getting the best of the best and we love working with Woody’s Farm to make these delicious pork dumplings.
They’re ready in 5 minutes
To cook our dumplings, you must thaw them on the bench for thirty minutes to an hour before cooking. Once thawed, all you need to do is heat some vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat and pan fry each side for 2-3 minutes! All of our dumplings are pre-steamed, so we do the hard yards for you. They’re the perfect easy meal to have in your freezer for days where you want something delicious and healthy, but don’t want to spend a long time in the kitchen!
Don’t forget the finishing touches
To finish off the dish and bring all the flavours together, we use Mum’s Sauce. This is Vicky’s mum’s super special recipe and is not to be missed. Mum’s Sauce lifts up any dumpling, noodle or rice dish to the next level. Not only is it vegan, but it is handmade in New Zealand. It pairs perfectly with the House of Dumplings Chilli Oil, which combines NZ grown cold-pressed rapeseed oil with Szechuan peppercorns. The combination of these two flavours brings out the flavour of the chargrilled lettuce to create a smoky, tangy, spicy dish that will become your new favourite!
To garnish this dish, we recommend fried crispy shallots. You can find these at some supermarkets, or at your local Asian grocer! They are an essential addition to many Asian dishes and can be found in many soups, salads and noodle recipes. They add a crunch and an onion-y flavour that really takes this recipe to the next level!
Lime & Lemongrass Pork Dumplings w/ Charred Cos Lettuce
If you’re after a light, healthy and delicious lunch, look no further!