How to make Authentic Chinese Dumplings From Scratch

Dumplings (jiao zi) are my favorite Chinese food and luckily my mother makes the best dumplings in town! My family and I came from Beijing, China and growing up my families would make dumplings around holidays and for special occasions. I will always remember making dumplings time is also family bonding time. Today,  I had my mother to show me how she makes authentic Chinese dumplings from scratch! From dough to filling.

Unlike dumplings you buy from the store or made dumplings with wonton wrapper, my mother makes the thinnest dumpling wrapper and loaded with fresh filling. If you are busy and don’t have time to make your own wrapper, you can use wonton wrapper from stores to make dumplings.

Even though making dumplings is a long process but its fairly easy to make and its super tasty! No fancy machine or tool is needed.

What is dumpling?

Dumpling consist of small pieces of dough that is often wrapped around a filling. Like ravioli or wontons. Traditional homemade dumplings and dumplings from Chinese restaurants are often NOT vegan and gluten-free unless it specifies.

Dumplings can either be boiled or pan fried. If it’s pan fried, it is known as potsticker. When dumplings are boiled, it’s very similar to wonton. Unlike wonton, dumpling does not serve with soup.

Dumpling symbolism

Dumplings are a representative of Chinese cuisine with both shape and fillings have cultural meaning. Serving dumplings during Spring Festival express an aspiration for a better life, and hopes for certain blessings. Eating dumplings at Spring festival are believed to bring food fortune. The shape of the dumpling looks like ingots, the currency used in ancient time.

Traditional dumplings fill in

Traditional Chinese dumplings use pork fillings. Usually pork with Chinese cabbage, pork with chives, pork and shrimp with vegetable, and pork with spring onion.

How to make dumplings video

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How to make Authentic Chinese Dumplings From Scratch
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 2 Hours
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Filling
Dumpling dough
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 2 Hours
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Filling
Dumpling dough
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour with water and knead into a dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least one hour.
  2. After an hour, divide the dough into three sections. Roll each section into one-inch diameter thick log.
  3. Then cut the log 1/2 inches apart.
  4. Put some flour on a hard surface or working surface to prevent the dough from sticking to the work surface. Then use a roller and roll each piece into 3-4 inches diameter round wrapper. Be sure only one side of the wrapper have flour.
Fill in
  1. In a pan, scramble the egg with a sprinkle of salt.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine scrambled egg, pork, chive, soy sauce, ginger and cooking wine together. Add a pinch of salt based on personal preference.
  3. To assemble the dumplings, place the wrapper on a surface. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the center of each wrapper. Use your finger, rub the edges of the wrapper with water (to make it extra sticky). Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Pinch the edges to make sure it is sealed.
Assembling
  1. Place about 2 tablespoons of fill in at the per wrapper in the middle of the wrapper.
  2. Fold the dough and start pinching the edge of the dough together. Be sure the dumpling is sealed.
To Boil
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil at medium heat and then throw the dumpling in. Be sure to stir slowly so the dumpling doesn't sink and stick to the bottom.
  2. Bring the pot to boiled, then pour half a cup of water in. Repeat total two times. The third time, the dumpling is done and ready to be served! Note, dumplings should be floating.
Sauce
  1. My favorite sauce is mixing balsamic vinaigrette with a drizzle of sriracha.
Recipe Notes

If you don't like eating pork, no worries. You can eliminate pork from the recipe and follow the instruction without the pork to make shrimp and chive dumpling.

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