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vegetarian xiao long bao?

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I understand the concept of xiao long bao and would love to try to create a veg. version using non-animal gelatin, but I can't quite figure out how I would go about it. Please help!

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  1. The ones I had were made using mushroom and agar. I think you'd have to make solid blocks of agar (you could try adding some mushroom soaking liquid for more flavor) and put them on top of a chopped shitake mushroom kind of filling. I think this would be a hard thing to make at home.

    I've attached a photo of one I had at Nanxiang Mantou Dian if it's helpful. I liked it for the novelty, but taste-wise, I'd rather eat more standard vegetable buns or dumplings.