Authentic Chinese Dumplings (Easy Vegetable & Pork Recipe)

Delicious, easy, & authentic Chinese pork dumplings recipe from Shanghai to your kitchen.

The best Chinese pork dumpling recipe with dipping sauce

Dave’s Authentic Chinese Pork Dumplings Recipe is more than just an appetizer. Oh no, it’s so good, it’s what’s for dinner!

These savory dumplings (jiaozi) are one of my family’s favorite appetizers.

They are the authentic Chinese recipe of Zhengzheng Ren (Dave), our former international student from Shanghai.

The dumplings feature a delicious filling of ground pork, green onions, and a blend of soy sauce and spices.

You simply tuck them in a wrapper, then boil, steam, or pan-fry them to perfection..

Serve your cooked dumplings with this awesome dumpling dipping sauce to enjoy the peak yummy-ness of homemade Chinese Pork Dumplings.

Enjoy them as a tasty appetizer or use them as your main course. Chinese Pork Dumplings will deliver the essence of Chinese cooking to your table.

Why I Love this Recipe

I just love all the amazing flavors of these dumplings, and literally cannot stop eating them!

Fortunately, the recipe makes a lot. and in the rare event that we have leftovers, I like to steam them in a frying pan with a touch of water so they get crispy.

Depending on your preferences, these delicious flavor packages can be tender and soft or crisp and chewy – either way, devine!

Click for ideas: What to Serve with Dumplings

In 2015, when I went to my son’s high school website in search of international hosting opportunities, the main thing on my mind was to give our only son a chance to experience a sibling.

I wanted him to share family experiences and memories with someone his age and expand his worldview.

Little did I know the impact that the experience and getting to know Zhengzheng (Dave) would have on our lives.

It has given us so much love, knowledge, and respect for another culture and one of its own!

The fact that, in that process, we would also learn about, taste, and enjoy authentic Chinese cooking was the absolute farthest thing from my mind.

But it has been just another one of the many blessings and benefits of this whole experience.

Dave has cooked for us, shared techniques, and taught many of our extended family and us how to make some of his favorite traditional foods.

This Chinese pork dumpling recipe is one of his favorites and now, one of ours too.

It is wonderful and worth noting, better than the dumplings I recently ordered from a very good local Chinese restaurant.

Ingredients for Pork Dumplings

Dumpling Wrappers

You can buy dumpling wrappers at an Asian grocery store.

Look for the white round ones or something similar.

We have also purchased wonton wrappers at a regular American grocery store in a pinch.

Dave preferred the former, but I thought they were very good too.

Ground Pork

Be sure to purchase pork that is finely ground and not too coarse. It should be a bit fatty also. If it is too lean, the dumplings may become too dry.

Chinese Celery

You can find Chinese celery at an Asian grocery store, also. Try to find the Chinese variety to achieve the best authentic flavor.

Rinse very well and pat dry. Dave removes the leaves, but the entire plant can be chopped up and cooked.

The stalks are small, thin, and hollow compared to American or Western celery.

Chinese Celery may appear weaker and limp, but it will still be of good quality.

It will last several days when stored in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator.

Chinese Celery has long been considered a staple in China and an aid to good digestion. It is rarely used raw.

Dumpling Seasonings

Ginger (Optional)
Garlic
Green onion
Eggs
Sugar
Light soy sauce
Dark soy sauce
Chicken base
Chinese cooking wine
Salt
Oil

How to Make Pork Dumplings

After mixing up the filling, you are ready to begin.

Wrapping Dumplings

Spoon approximately two tablespoons of filling in the center of a wrapper.

Now, wet one finger from the water bowl and run it around the edge of half of the wrapper.

This will soften the dough and create a sticky edge to help the wrapper seal shut.

Preparing a test dumpling before assembling them all is a good idea.

You’ll want to boil one and taste it for salt and flavor.

Adjust the filling seasonings if necessary. Once you’ve got the taste just right, go ahead and complete the dumpling folding process.

Folding Techniques

There are several folding methods to close a dumpling.

One method is to fold the wrapper in half, then squeeze the edges to the center with both hands to form a zigzag in the middle while each end seals flat.

(Above photo, on the left, also in the video.)

Probably, the easiest way is by literally folding the wrapper in half and sealing both sides together completely flat. (Above photo, on right)

Experiment and find the right method for your skill level.

No worries. No matter which way you wrap them, they will still taste delicious!

Cooking Options

Dumplings can be prepared in various ways. Each technique offers a unique texture and flavor. The best methods to cook Chinese Pork Dumplings are boiling, steaming, pan-frying, or deep frying.

Choose the cooking approach based on your preference for taste.

Boiling results in a tender and soft texture, steaming produces a moist and light dumpling, pan-frying offers a crispy bottom, and deep-frying creates a crunchy exterior.

Also, you can experiment with combining these methods for a mix of characteristics in one batch.

Boiling

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a few dumplings at once. Stir gently as you go, ensuring they do not stick to the pot or each other.

If cooking fresh dumplings, they are typically done when they float to the top and begin to look transparent.

If they are coming from frozen, they may need a bit longer to cook through.

Approximately 2-3 minutes from fresh and 5-6 minutes from frozen. Always test a sample to check for doneness.

Pan-frying

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick pan.

Add the dumplings to the pan, spacing them out slightly.

Fry for 2 minutes, then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.

Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Steam until the water has evaporated.

Remove one dumpling to check for doneness.

If it looks raw, add more water to the pan and cover it again. Steam them until cooked through.

Remove the cover, increase heat to medium-high, and allow to fry for a few more minutes until the bottoms of the dumplings are golden brown and crisp.

Tips

If the edges of your dumpling wrappers begin to dry out while you are perfecting your folding skills, put the wrappers in a damp paper towel in a sealed Ziplok plastic bag to soften.

If you plan to make and eat the dumplings immediately, line them up on parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent sticking.

Storing and Freezing Dumplings

To freeze later, arrange them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Make sure none of the dumplings are touching and freeze.

After they have frozen, feel free to move them to a different type of container, i.e., a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

You can also freeze unused dumpling wrappers in an airtight bag for future use.

What to Serve with Chinese Dumplings

We love just eating dumplings as the main course!

Serve with soy sauce or this awesome Harry’s Delicious Dipping Sauce recipe

Harry is Dave’s friend from China.

You can also serve your dumplings with the following:
Lo Mein Noodles, Chicken and Potato Stew, or Easy Chinese Style Sautéed Shrimp.

Dumpling Recipe

Finally, here is Dave’s delicious recipe. Enjoy!

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The best authentic Chinese pork dumpling recipe with dipping sauce.

Authentic Chinese Pork Dumplings Recipe


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 40 dumplings 1x

Description

The most delicious and authentic Chinese dumpling recipe straight from Shanghai to you. Take the time to stop into an Asian grocery store, market or order from Amazon to find the right ingredients. You will love the flavors and be glad you did!


Ingredients

Scale

Filling for Dumplings

1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped

1 bunch green onion, finely chopped

salt

3 bunches (.75 lb) Chinese celery, finely chopped

1 ½ pounds finely ground pork

1 egg

2.5 teaspoons of sugar

3 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (affiliate link)

2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine

2 packages dumpling wrappers

water

oil


Instructions

1 Heat a pan with oil. Add chopped ginger, minced garlic, and green onions. Add salt and pepper. Fry for about one minute until softened. Set aside.

2 Remove the leaves from the Chinese celery and rinse well to clean. Chop the celery verrrry fine. Place in a separate bowl, add 1 teaspoon salt and stir. Let sit for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, squeeze the chopped celery with your hands so that most of the water drains out of it. Try to remove as much excess water as you can, so your dumplings are not soggy.

3 In a large bowl, add the pork and chopped celery. Mix for 5 minutes to create a smooth texture for the filling. This is best done with your hands. You could use plastic gloves if that grosses you out. The mixture should have a paste-like texture when it’s done.

4 Next, add the following seasonings to the pork mixture; from step one add the chopped ginger, minced garlic, and green onions mix. Then add 1 or 2 eggs (depending on the dryness of the mixture), sugar, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cooking wine and possibly a little more salt if needed, after testing your cooked sample. Stir until everything is mixed well.

5 Wrap dumplings with dumpling wrappers.

6 Cook Dumplings – Recommended options

Boiling
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place a few dumplings in at a time. Stir gently as you go, making sure they do not stick to the pot or each other. If cooking fresh dumplings, they are typically done when they float to the top and begin to look transparent. If they are coming from frozen, they may need a bit longer to cook through. Approximately 2-3 minutes from fresh, 5-6 minutes from frozen. Always test a sample, to check for doneness.

Pan-frying
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat, in a large non-stick pan. Add the dumplings to the pan, spacing them out slightly. Fry for 2 minutes, then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Steam until the water has evaporated. Remove one dumpling to check for doneness. If it looks raw, add more water to the pan and cover again. Steam them until cooked through. Remove the cover, increase heat to medium-high and allow to fry for a few more minutes, until the bottoms of the dumplings are golden brown and crisp.

Notes

Seasoning. Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning; ginger, green onions, garlic, etc. to your taste preferences.

Wrappers. If the edges of your dumpling wrappers begin to dry out while you are perfecting your folding skills, put the wrappers in a damp paper towel in a sealed plastic bag to soften.

Storage. If you plan to make and eat the dumplings right away, put them on parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent sticking.
To freeze for later use, arrange them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure none of the dumplings are touching and freeze. After they have frozen, move them to a different type of container if desired, a freezer-safe container or a Ziploc freezer bag works great.
You can also freeze and save unused dumpling wrappers in an airtight bag for later use.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Boiling or Frying
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, dumplings, pork, wrappers, dipping sauce, dumpling filling, wontons

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I hope you enjoy Dave’s authentic Chinese Pork Dumplings recipe!

If you make this recipe, be sure to tell me what you think in the comment box below.

Thanks for following along!

xo,
Cindy

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5 comments on “Authentic Chinese Dumplings (Easy Vegetable & Pork Recipe)

  1. These are so incredibly delicious! My whole family loves them and they are worth every minute of preparation!

  2. Our whole family loves these dumplings! It is such a special meal to make and share together. 🙂

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