Steamed Wormwood Leaf Glutinous Rice Dumplings 艾草糯米糕

Wormwood is an aromatic herb which tastes a little bitter. Nevertheless, blending it into a snack makes a surprising herbal snack!

The vegan recipe for Steamed Wormwood Leaf Glutinous Rice Dumplings:

10 dumplings

Glutinous Rice Dough

  • 200 g fresh wormwood (pluck the leaves, wash and drain)
  • 4 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 2 cups water
  1. Place wormwood leaves and water to a pot; cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the leaves from the water, let cool, puree and cook until it boils.
  3. In a big mixing bowl, combine glutinous rice flour with the hot wormwood puree; mix evenly to form a soft sticky rice dough.


  • ½ cup diced preserved turnip (wash, soak in water for 10 minutes and squeeze dry)
  • 300 g long beans (wash and dice)
  • 2 slices dried tofu (dice)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  1. Heat vegetable oil, stir-fry diced preserved turnip and dried tofu until fragrant.
  2. Add long beans and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add soy sauce and water; cover the pan and simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Sprinkle white pepper powder over, stir well, remove and let cool.

Final Steps

  1. Spread some vegetable oil on your palms, scoop out 2 tbsp glutinous rice dough, roll into a ball and then flatten into a palm-sized dough round.
  2. Place 2 tbsp filling in the center of the dough round, wrap up, gently form a ball, place it into a mold, gentle press and lay the molded dumpling in a greased steaming tray.
  3. Repeat steps 1 to 2 until all the filling is used up.
  4. Steam for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove and serve.