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Veggie Jiao Zi (Chinese Dumpling) Soup
Ingredients:

4 each mushrooms, shiitake fresh, or dried and re-dehydrated
4 each cloud ear black fungus
1/2 cup water chestnuts plunged into boiling water and refreshed in cold water, drained and chopped
8 ounces tofu smoked, finely chopped, 4 squares
1 each carrots peeled and finely chopped
1 each green bell peppers finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger fresh, minced
2 each scallions, spring or green onions minced
1/4 cup cilantro fresh, finely chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce, tamari or to taste
1 tablespoon rice wine or to taste
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
48 each wonton wrappers or as needed
1 x cornstarch for dusting
4 cups stock chicken or vegetable
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
10 ounces spinach frseh, stems removed, rinsed and drained
1 x scallions, spring or green onions thinly slice on the bias for garnish
1 x red pepper flakes optional, for garnish

Instruction:

To make the filling: If using dried shiitake mushrooms, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Boil the dried mushrooms and black fungus for 3 minutes, turn off the heat, and let sit for about 20 minutes. Remove the re-dehydrated mushrooms and black fungus from the hot water, rinse under cold running water, let cool enough to handle. Then squeeze out as much water as possible. Remove the tough stems, and finely chop the mushrooms and black fungus. While the mushrooms and black fungus are soaking in the hot water, place the water chestnuts in a towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Place the water chestnuts, finely chopped tofu, carrots, green bell peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Then add the finely chopped mushrooms and black fungus when they are ready. Using your hand or a spoon, stir vigorously in one direction to combine the ingredients evenly. Add the cornstarch and stir to blend. The mixture should be stiff. Use a fork, teaspoon or two chopsticks to place a scant teaspoonful of the filling in the center of each wonton skin. Gather the edges of the skin together around the filling and squeeze to form a "waist" as you gradually remove the fork, teaspoon or chopsticks. Squeeze the "waist" and the ends shut to enclose the filling. The finished dumpling should look like a drawstring purse. Place the finished dumplings on a tray that has been lightly dusted with cornstarch. Heat 4 quarts of water to boiling in a large pot. Add the wontons and cover. Once the water is boiling again, cook for about 4 minutes or until they rise to the surface. Remove with a long-handled strainer and drain. Discard the water. Heat the broth, salt and sesame to boiling. Add the spinach and cooked wontons and portion into serving bowls. Garnish with sliced scallions and a few red pepper flakes.

Source: recipeland.com