Chinese Dipping Sauce Recipe (for Wontons and Dumplings)

Harry’s Chinese dumpling dipping sauce recipe is perfect for spring rolls, wontons, egg rolls, and, of course, dumplings!

Chinese wonton and dumpling dipping sauce recipe on a white plate with dumplings.

Prepare to tuck this recipe away! Harry’s easy Chinese dumpling dipping sauce for wontons and dumplings is a keeper. Say that five times, fast.

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

Why I Love This Recipe

This Chinese dipping sauce is next level! It’s the most flavorful blend of savory, spicy, and garlicky flavors you expect from your favorite restaurant.

The best part is it’s quick and easy to make with basic ingredients, a little fresh garlic, and pantry staples. Every bite is loaded with rich umami, making the dumpling experience even better.

Harry (Lingkai Zhao), a good friend of Dave (Zhengzheng Ren, our friend and former international student), introduced us to this game-changing dipping sauce recipe. It pairs perfectly with dumplings, wontons, or Japanese gyoza.

Harry learned this original recipe from his parents, who live in Yinchuan, China, in the province of Ningxia. Harry’s delicious dumpling sauce is our go-to recipe, and I know you will love it!

Use this sauce with this delicious homemade dumplings recipe. Check out the guys as they make dumplings in the video and learn how to fold them.

Then, discover more of their delicious, authentic recipes for Chinese cuisine. And more ideas for what to serve with Chinese dumplings

Harry's delicious dumpling dipping sauce recipe in a bowl


Here’s what you will need. (affiliate links are underlined)

Flavored Oils

Cooking Oil: The guys grew up in China using vegetable oil, but I like to use avocado oil for a healthier version.

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 use a knife.

The jury is still out on 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, which 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 Eastern 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 the perfect sauce 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. I use low-sodium soy sauce. You could substitute with gluten-free soy sauce (coconut aminos) and skip the dark soy sauce and vinegar for a gluten-free option.

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’s personal preference is Lee Kum Lee Premium Soy Sauce.

Dark soy sauce: This 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!

How to Make

This fantastic sauce is super simple and quick to make! Below is the 2-step process.

Step 1

Step 1 Combine minced garlic and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Warm the oil in a small fry pan over high heat for 1 minute, then immediately pour the oil over the garlic and pepper in the bowl. Stir to incorporate.

Step 2

Step 2 Add the sesame oil, Chinese vinegar (or Chinese Worcester), regular soy sauce, and dark soy sauce to the bowl. Stir. Mix well and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Adjust the ratios to suit your taste preferences.

Garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro to finish.

What to Serve with Dipping Sauce

This versatile sauce complements dumplings, whether steamed, boiled, or pan-fried, adding a savory and tangy kick to each bite.

Still, Harry’s dipping sauce works for more than different types of dumplings! Pair this sauce with so many dishes to create a delightful meal. Serve with these foods below and see how well it enhances their flavors.

Potstickers/Wontons Whether steamed, boiled, or pan-fried, potstickers or wontons filled with pork, shrimp, or vegetables are a classic choice to dip into this flavorful Asian sauce.

Spring Rolls Crispy spring rolls filled with vegetables, vermicelli noodles, and sometimes shrimp or tofu pair well with this sauce.

Tempura Vegetables Harry’s sauce would complement lightly battered and fried tempura vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, zucchini, or broccoli.

Grilled Chicken Skewers Marinated in a soy-based sauce with ginger and garlic, grilled chicken skewers offer a juicy and flavorful protein option to dip into this sauce!

Sushi Rolls Whether it’s traditional maki or inventive sushi rolls, the combination of rice, fresh fish, fresh ginger, and vegetables pairs wonderfully with this dipping sauce recipe.

Bao Buns Soft and fluffy bao buns filled with savory ingredients like braised pork or crispy tofu become even more delightful when dipped into this flavorful sauce.

Asian Noodle Salad A refreshing noodle salad with cucumber, carrots, and sesame seeds would taste divine paired with this sauce.

Crispy Tofu Coat tofu cubes in a light batter and fry until crispy. Dipping the tofu in the Asian sauce adds a savory kick to the mild flavor of tofu.

Asian Chicken Wings Glazed with a soy-ginger or teriyaki sauce, crispy Asian-style chicken wings make for a finger-licking good pairing with this recipe.

Vegetable Stir-Fry Lastly, a colorful mix of stir-fried vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, and snow peas, tossed in a soy-ginger sauce can be enhanced by dipping each bite into this yummy sauce!

Without further ado, Harry’s famous and easy dumpling sauce recipe is below. (Famous in our house anyway!)

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Chinese Dipping Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This is the most delicious dipping sauce ever! (affiliate links are underlined.)



2 tablespoons oil

34 cloves raw garlic, minced

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar

2 tablespoons regular soy sauce

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

1 green onion, sliced


  1. 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.
  2. Next, add the sesame oil, Chinese vinegar (or Chinese Worcester), regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and green onions (optional). Stir. Enjoy with Dumplings!


When to make it 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!

Storage 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. 😉

  • Prep Time: 9 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • 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

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Nutrition Information. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary. 

Harry's delicious dumpling dipping sauce recipe in a bowl

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