Mauritian Chayote Dumplings (Niouk Yen / Boulette Chouchou Mauricien | Vegan/Vegetarian Version)

68 thoughts on “Mauritian Chayote Dumplings (Niouk Yen / Boulette Chouchou Mauricien | Vegan/Vegetarian Version)

  1. I was just thinking to make some vegan pot stickers with the traditional dough and cabbage, but this looks like a really neat way to make the dumplings. Looks very tasty πŸ™‚ I will surely try it this way one day. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. You’re welcome. Traditionally, we use chayote but I’ve found this recipe works really well with daikon too. πŸ™‚

  2. That is indeed easy and simple enough to make! When you look at a ready-to-eat dumpling, you might think that there’s a lot of work to it. I made the dumplings with chayote and shitake mushrooms and they were yummy!! I’m thinking of making a whole batch of these now and store them in the freezer πŸ˜€

    1. +Veganlovlie That’s good news….I mean that they are even nicer when re-steamed! πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely make a huge batch, so I can have some ready to eat whenever I feel like some dumplings! Yep this time I will add some a vegetable stock cube to the chayotes πŸ˜›

    2. I made a big batch the other day and froze them. They are even nicer when re-steamed from frozen. If you want more flavour in the dumplings, you can also add some vegetable stock/bouillon powder.

  3. Niouk Yen is unique to the chinese mauritian food and you will never found this type of food anywhere in the world even in china. Other typical unique chinese mauritian food is the steamed noodle (mine bouillie) and the magic bowl (bol renverse)

    1. Yes that’s true. I’ve lived in different countries and have never found these in any Chinese or other places. There are some other types of steamed noodles but not like the ones in Mauritius.

    1. Yes, I’ve seen it labelled by different names depending on regions or stores. I’ve also seen chowchow, chuchu and a few others that I don’t remember. I hope you enjoy the recipe. πŸ™‚

  4. These look so easy and fun!Β  I wonder how this would work with cabbage since I have a whole bunch? I may have to try it!

  5. +Char Covelesky, I haven’t tried this with cabbage myself, so I’m not sure how it will turn out. I guess the only way to know is to give it a go. Maybe you could add some seasoning like some bouillon powder to the mix, I sometimes do that for a little more flavour.

    1. Ow, wow! This looks so delicious. Can I ask, if the normal big white radish will work also or do I need to buy daikon? Just asking, because I have freshly picked radish here.

    1. +Nasrin Joomun you’re welcomed. I hope you give it a try. πŸ™‚

  6. Thx a lot for this video, I really like it but tell me one thing when you steam them and froze them for the first time, how long it will take to steam them for the second time

    1. +Taysiir King I think it might take about 5 more minutes, so maybe around 15 – 17 minutes. You can test my cutting one and see if the centre is cooked (not frozen).

    1. +Shabnam Khan Outim That’s great. I hope you’ll like it. It’s very nice in noodle soup. Thank you for commenting.

    1. +Baloon Ram – She will certainly be very impressed πŸ™‚ Let me know how it turns out and thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  7. that was supa dupa gud , mine came out 5 star , thx loads , I eat boullettes so much and lways wanted to know how to make , thx to u ive done , again thx loads T P.S try to post some more Mauritian street food if u can thx

    1. +Vakil Ruhomah – Thank you for the encouraging comment Vakil. I’m glad it turned out great. Please don’t hesitate to send me a picture of how it looks like if you happen to try it next time — if you can of course. I will share it on my facebook page ( Yes, I will gradually be sharing more recipes regarding Mauritian street food. Stay tuned for more.

  8. Omg thank you sooooooo much for sharing this. My favourite is boulette Chou Chou. So easy to make. I’ll def will try it this weekend. Can u please share how to make chana puri (gato)

    1. +Bil Malik – You’re welcome. I’m glad you like it. I’ll add Chana Puri in my schedule for future videos. πŸ™‚

  9. I was not liking the smell of the daikon, but when it was done.. OMG!!! it taste delicious! . thank you for the recipes

    1. +Leslie Scott The big radishes should work. The original recipe calls for chayote. So, you can try with chayote too if you can find them where you live. πŸ™‚

    2. +Leslie Scott – Yes Leslie, I know about this smell. It seems strange at first, but once done as you say, you will immediately forget about it. These dumplings are one of our favourite at home. Mauritians are really fond of them. It can accompany so many dishes.

  10. Is the vegan mince something that you made or a store bought product? I would like to use what you did in the video.

    1. +mjs28s – This is actually store-bought vegan mince. We get it in the Yves brand here. But you can replace it by minced or TVP granules (this needs a little bit of seasoning as it is bland by itself) if you can’t find the Yves brand. Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

    1. +Faiz Moosafur – Hi there Faiz. Glad to see more Mauritians commenting. Thank you for dropping by and stay tuned for more. πŸ™‚

    1. +Sara Pierrelouis Yes it’s soy sauce. I love boulette chou chou with chili sauce too, mouthwatering! Thank you for your comment. πŸ™‚

  11. hi …. u hv given ur wonderful recipes….really nice….. u suggest me any other vegetable……i use carrot or beets……

    1. I hope this recipe has been useful to you and that you’ve tried it. It would be great to hear something positive at least.

    2. When the original recipe calls for garlic, I do mention it in every recipe for people who consume it. We are sensitive to garlic (and onion) so we limit the addition of these in our recipes. You can add it to your taste as mentioned in the ingredients list of every recipe.

  12. I was sooooo looking for a recipe like this with Daikon Raddish…Can i use dried shrimps as i do not have fresh ones. And does it need to be cooked before adding it to the raddish?

  13. I have one chayote in my fridge but I could buy daikon. Would you say it is better with chayote or just equally great but different flavor?

  14. Hi, for the vegetable mince is that a soya product or minced sautΓ©ed vegetables? I ‘m looking forward to making these.😸

  15. β–Ά Veganlovlie Recipes: Niouk Yen is a Chinese-Mauritian popular street food enjoyed by many in Mauritius. I have never seen them in Chinese restaurants outside of Mauritius. So, they must be a local food only. ✿ FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE β–Ά

    They are dumplings that are made with chayote (chouchou).

    In this recipe I am using daikon radish as a substitute. But you can use chayote and follow the same process.

    My recipe is a vegan version of the original dumplings that include dried freshwater shrimp and meat.
    I am replacing these with vegan/vegetarian mince but you can leave it out or use finely chopped shiitake mushrooms.

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