Harry's delicious dumpling dipping sauce recipe in a bowl

Harry’s Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Prepare to tuck this recipe away! Harry’s Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce is a keeper. Say that five times, fast.

This secret sauce has an exceptional flavor, one taste, and I promise you’ll be sold.

Authentic Chinese

If you’ve been following along with my series on authentic Chinese recipes, you know that our family has been the lucky-tasting beneficiaries of delicious Chinese cuisine over the last six years.

We’ve enjoyed numerous dishes from our friend and former international student, Zhengzheng Ren (Dave).

Zhengzheng loves to cook! One of his favorites is this Chinese Pork Dumpling Recipe. These dumplings are filled with fresh veggies and delicately seasoned pork.

They are easy to make and quite delicious. Take a look at the dumplings being made above. You should try it! 😁

Dumpling Sauce Recipe

Zhengzheng’s friend, Lingkai Zhao, or Harry, introduced us to this game-changing dipping sauce recipe that pairs perfectly with the dumplings.

It takes them to a whole new level. We call it, Harry’s delicious dumpling sauce, and I know you are going to love it. It has an extraordinary flavor that you might expect from your favorite restaurant.

Harry learned this recipe from his parents, both educators, who live in China. Harry’s home city is Yinchuan, China in the Province called Ningxia.

He attended high school here in the U.S. with Zhengzheng and is now attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Harry's delicious dumpling dipping sauce recipe in a bowl

Better Than Store-Bought

Yes, of course, you could go buy a bottle of dipping sauce or soy sauce at the grocery store, but to us, it’s worth this 10-minute step.

Now that we know about Harry’s recipe and its amazing flavor, there’s no need to do store-bought again.

This sauce is super simple and quick to make. It is wonderful with dumplings or adds a wonderful side of flavor to Asian appetizers; such as wontons, egg rolls, or spring rolls.


Here’s what you will need. Affiliate links in blue.

Flavored Oils

Cooking Oil The guys all grew up in China using vegetable oil, but for a healthier version, I like to use avocado oil. You cannot tell the difference in taste! So, the choice is all yours.

Garlic Fresh garlic is best here! But if all you have is garlic in a jar, by all means, use that!

You can mince your fresh garlic using a garlic press, which makes an even, more consistent minced size (Read: better looking), or just use a knife.

The jury is still out which is faster? My vote is going with the press.

Sesame Oil This oil is derived from sesame seeds. It has the most amazing nutty smell and flavor. I could drink it, but that’s probably not a good idea.

Sesame oil is best as a finisher, so this is added at the end of the recipe. Lee Kum Lee Pure Sesame Oil is the one we have been using.

Vinegar and Sauces

Chinese Vinegar is a staple in Chinese cooking. It is slightly acidic, has more depth than white wine vinegar, and is not as sweet as balsamic.

It is originally from a town in the Eastern part of China called Zhenjiang. Chinkiang vinegar is also called “black vinegar” for short, and is labeled as “Chinkiang” or “brown rice vinegar”.

It is typically used as a base for a dumpling dipping sauce, found in noodle dishes or stir-fries. Gold Plum Chinkiang Vinegar.

Regular or Light soy sauce These two names are used interchangeably. This is the most common type of soy sauce you will find in the United States.

Light soy sauce is what you find at the typical grocery store or get with Chinese takeout. It is quite thin in consistency, light in color, and salty in flavor.

Dave likes this one, Lee Kum Lee Premium Soy Sauce.

Dark soy sauce This type of soy sauce is darker in color, slightly opaque, and thicker in texture than light soy sauce.

It tastes richer, sweeter, less salty, and savory than its lighter counterparts. Lee Kum Lee Premium Dark Soy Sauce.


Crushed Red Chile Pepper Use this pepper right out of the bottle, then spice your sauce up or down depending on your tastes.

Green Onions This adds a little flavor and a pop of garnish color!

Dipping Sauce for Dumplings Recipe

Without further ado, here is Harry’s famous dipping sauce for dumplings recipe. (Famous in our house anyway.)

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Harry’s Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce

  • Author: cindy munson
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This is the most delicious dipping sauce ever!



2 tablespoons of oil
34 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp of crushed red chile pepper
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
3 tablespoons chinkiang vinegar
2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce
1 green onion, sliced

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Add minced garlic and crushed red pepper to a small bowl. Heat oil over high heat for 1 minute, then immediately pour the oil over the garlic and chile pepper.

Next add the sesame oil, Chinese vinegar (or Chinese Worcester), regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and green onions (optional). Stir. Enjoy with Dumplings!


The flavor of this sauce gets even better over time, so make this sauce first before you make your dumplings. If you can’t, no worries, it’s still delicious!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dips
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, Dipping, Sauce, Dumplings, Wontons, minced garlic, crushed red chile pepper, sesame oil, Chinese Worcester, Chinese Vinegar, Regular Soy Sauce, Dark Soy Sauce, Chicken Base or Bouillon

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How to Store Leftover Dipping Sauce

On the rare occasion that you have leftover dumplings, store the leftover dipping sauce in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. It keeps well for 4-5 days. However, I recommend a sniff test first. 😉

Most importantly, thank you, Harry, for bringing this delicious dumpling dipping sauce into our world. I am forever grateful.❤️

Try this sauce with Zhengzheng’s Chinese Pork Dumplings.

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