Chinese Dumplings Recipe

This recipe was adapted from Andrew Zimmern’s Boiled Chinese Dumplings

Dipping Sauce

equal parts soy sauce and Thai chili sauce


1/2 head napa cabbage (1 pound)—root cut off, cabbage halved lengthwise

3/4 pound ground pork

2 green onions, minced

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 cloves finely grated garlic

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  1. MAKE THE DIPPING SAUCE: In a small bowl, stir together all of the ingredients.
  2. MAKE THE DUMPLINGS: Set the cabbage in a microwave safe bowl with a 1/2 cup of water and loosely cover. Steam the cabbage until tender, 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander to cool, then squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible. Finely chop the cabbage.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage with the pork, chives, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, salt and 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Gently stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Put the flour in a large bowl. Slowly add 1 cup of cold water and the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the dough starts to come together. Using your hands, knead the dough until it forms a ball, then knead the dough on a work surface until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and for up to 3 hours.
  5. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, then roll each piece into 1-inch-thick logs, 8 inches long. Using a sharp knife, cut the logs into eight 1-inch pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll the pieces into very thin rounds, keeping the dough covered with plastic wrap as you work to prevent the dough from drying out.
  6. Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each round, then fold over one side to form a half circle, pressing to adhere, or pleating decoratively along the edge to seal. Place filled dumplings on the prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap while you prepare the rest.
  7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook dumplings in batches of about 8 until they are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the dumplings to a serving platter. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

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