Today I have the most delicious list of ideas for what to serve with Chinese Dumplings.
One of my most popular recipes on the blog is Zhengzheng’s yummy Authentic Chinese Pork Dumplings Recipe. (You must try them!)
You can, of course, serve dumplings alone or with a simple side, such as sticky white rice, but today I have loads of more creative ideas for what to make with them.
These eats include dips, noodles, vegetables, soups, stews, and salads.
Plus, I’ve added other recipe ideas for extra credit and to inspire your Asian cooking. Let’s go!
Dips and Sauces
This may be the most obvious, but it’s not the least bit boring. I promise!
You must try these delicious dumpling sauces. They will take your dumplings to the next level.
Easy and Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce
This dumpling sauce has the most amazing flavor ever! Harry’s easy & delicious dumpling dipping sauce recipe is perfect for spring rolls, wontons, eggrolls, and dumplings.
Ingredients: garlic, crushed red chile pepper, sesame oil, Chinese vinegar, regular and dark soy sauce, green onions
Spicy Peanut Sauce
This delicious peanut sauce is super fast and easy to make. You can make it spicy, but you do not have to! It has minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The sauce is versatile; use it for a dip, chicken skewers, or salad dressing.
Ingredients: creamy peanut sauce, soy sauce, sweetener, sesame oil
red chili flakes, garlic, vinegar
Easy Sweet Chili Sauce
This recipe is all about making chili sauce fast and easy. You can use this for several dishes, including chicken, pork, or even your favorite stir fry. Learn how to make it in just 5 minutes and without any hard-to-find ingredients!
Ingredients: rice wine vinegar, sugar, sambal oelek, cornstarch
Noodles, Rice and Stir Fry
A natural pairing for your dumplings is noodles, rice, or stir-fries!
Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe
Lo Mein is the perfect family meal; it’s quick, delicious & nutritious! Step up the nutrition even further by adding a protein such as chicken, and it become chicken lo mein! The dishes’ colorful presentation and simple ingredients make it fantastic for a dinner party, potluck, a main dish, or just an easy side dish.
Ingredients: lo mein noodles, vegetables, light and dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil
Chinese-Inspired Fried Rice
This Chinese-inspired fried rice recipe is my absolute fave. It’s quick and easy to make, customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins, and so irresistibly delicious.
Ingredients: butter, eggs, carrots, white onion, frozen peas, garlic, rice, green onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil
Chicken Chop Suey
This delicious Chicken Chop Suey Recipe combines tender bites of chicken breast with a variety of veggies like onions, celery, carrots, snow peas, and mushrooms in a mouthwatering good yet simple sauce. It is a really easy stir fry dish that is adaptable to what you have in the fridge and rivals any Chinese restaurant. Even the novice cook can handle this simple recipe.
Ingredients: chicken broth, soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, cornstarch, chicken breast, cornstarch, onion, carrots, mushrooms, snow peas, garlic
Soups and Stews
Add a cozy and comforting soup or stew to your dumpling repertoire. These recipes deliver Asian-inspire tastes and flavor!
Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew
A delicious, authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe. This dish is hugely popular in our kitchen. We’ve probably made it and enjoyed it over 30 times now. 😂
Ingredients: chicken thighs, star anise, red chilies, bay leaves, green onions, ginger, garlic, potatoes, red onion, light, and dark soy sauce
Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup
This soup dumplings recipe is not only flavor-FULL, but it also gets extra credit for nutrition! It is bone broth disguised as authentic Chinese Dumpling Soup in an instant pot. Fast, healthy, and packs a punch. This is another wonderful recipe courtesy of our Chinese friend, Yulin (James).
Ingredients: beef bones, ginger, daikon radish, Chinese vinegar, crushed red pepper, regular and dark soy sauce, cilantro
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
Noodle soup is a great choice to serve with savory dumplings! It’s made with ramen, tender chicken, fresh mushrooms, other vegetables, and a flavorful, well-seasoned broth. It’s an Asian-inspired soup you’ll crave over and over.
Ingredients: carrots, green onions, garlic, ginger, chicken breasts, chicken broth, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil, Napa cabbage, crimini mushrooms, dry ramen, cilantro
Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup is the perfect combo of spicy and savory, made with pork, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu, and eggs in a savory seasoned broth with soy sauce and vinegar.
Ingredients: wood ear mushrooms, green onions, garlic, yellow onion, black peppercorns, chicken stock, pork tenderloin, ginger, bamboo shoots, red chile paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, white pepper, sugar, tofu, eggs, cornstarch, green onions
This may be the best chicken soup you’ll ever eat. It is also a perfect recipe to make when you’re sick—packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and garlic.
Ingredients: garlic, yellow onion, carrots, celery, ginger, turmeric, chicken broth, chicken breast or thighs, rosemary, thyme, Israeli couscous, peas
Appetizing vegetable side dish combinations that hold their own on the dinner table!
Chinese Broccoli Stir Fry with Garlic Sauce (炒芥籣)
This Chinese broccoli stir fry (gai lan or kai lan) with garlicky sauce tastes light, fresh, and garlicky delicious! And you know it’s super healthy for you because it’s dark leafy greens. Stir-fried Chinese broccoli recipe is vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and low carb.
Ingredients: Chinese broccoli or Broccolini, avocado oil, garlic cloves, salt, sesame oil, coconut aminos
Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds & Feta
Perfectly cooked green beans tossed in a lemony sauce with savory toasted almonds, creamy and salty feta, and fresh basil.
Ingredients: almonds, green beans, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, feta cheese, basil
Balsamic Roasted Green Vegetables
Roasted Vegetables are a delicious veggie medley of caramelized Brussels sprouts, green beans, broccoli, and asparagus. Mushrooms, fennel, onion, and garlic add even more flavor. This super easy and delicious sheet pan recipe has something for everyone!
Ingredients: mushrooms, fennel, onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, agave, maple syrup or honey, lemon, parmesan cheese, walnuts, basil, parsley
Meat and Seafood
Like western countries, the Chinese enjoy meat and seafood such as beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, and shellfish.
Below are flavorful ideas to add protein to your meal in a substantial way.
Easy Chinese Style Sauteed Shrimp
This shrimp dish is so simple yet bursting with a delicious Asian flavor. Serve it as an appetizer or pair it with a vegetable side and you’ve got a great meal.
Ingredients: shrimp, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, Chinese cooking wine
Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce
Hong Shao Rou, or Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly, is a popular dish in China. You’ll understand why the minute you taste it. It’s tender, flavorful, and so incredibly delicious!
Ingredients: pork belly, regular and dark soy sauce, Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine, red chilies, fresh ginger, star anise, bay leaves, leeks, green onions, sesame seeds
This spicy Szechuan chicken stir fry is made with Szechuan (Sichuan) peppers for a tongue-tingling heat. It also has plenty of dried red chillies too! If you like heat you’re gonna love this one!
Ingredients: chicken thighs, light and dark soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, white pepper, cornstarch, sesame oil, onion, dried red chilies, Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, ginger, scallions, Chinese rice wine, chili bean paste, sugar
Southeast Asian Chicken Wings
A traditional Southeast Asian Chicken Wings recipe that is so tasty and easy to make. It’s marinaded with Asian spices and herbs, then poked with skewers and grilled to golden perfection!
Ingredients: coconut milk, fresh lemongrass, garlic, scallions, Thai chilies, cilantro, ginger, fresh lime juice, fish sauce
Sticky Asian Chicken Wings
These sticky Asian chicken wings are amazing wings coated with a savory, sweet, and sticky honey garlic chili glaze. They are surely one of the best Asian chicken wings recipes ever!
Ingredients: chicken wingettes and drumettes, garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, apple cider vinegar, cilantro
If you are looking to add more green to the table, these salads are here to assist!
While they are all not authentically Chinese, they would all pair beautifully with different types of dumplings.
These colorful salad recipes include ingredients from Chinese broccoli and chives to green beans, peppers, and everything in between.
Asian Chopped Salad
This delicious salad is a crispy healthy meal! Just a little bit savory and exotic, but it has a lotta color and crunch. Served with dumplings or topped with protein, it makes for a filling meal on its own. But it also works as an excellent slaw for burgers or hot dogs. It’s wonderful with almost anything!
Ingredients: romaine heart chopped, green cabbage, purple cabbage, red pepper, bean sprouts, snap peas, carrots, green onions, cilantro, sesame ginger dressing
Asian Chopped Salad Recipe
A bowl of crunchy, delicious goodness! This vibrant and healthy side dish has a sweet and savory flavor profile. The homemade Asian salad dressing is quick to whip up and irresistible.
Ingredients: white cabbage, red cabbage, red bell pepper, carrot, sugar snap peas, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, chow mein noodles, Asian Salad Dressing
Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette
Holiday worthy but everyday easy, and make-ahead friendly! This salad recipe is vibrant, fresh, satisfying, crunchy, and can’t-stop-eating- fabulous. It is loaded with fresh ingredients and doused in tangy, bright balsamic lemon basil vinaigrette. This cold salad explodes with flavor and texture and is a welcome addition to any meal or holiday table.
Ingredients: beets, green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, craisins, baby arugula, Ciliegine – fresh mozzarella balls, toasted pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, fresh basil, seasoning
Asian Side Salad
As versatile as the name suggests – this is a terrific fresh salad that will pair with any Asian food. From Chinese to Japanese, Thai to Vietnamese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean, and Taiwanese, it’s right at home alongside fiery Asian curries as it is with Chinese BBQ Pork, Thai Chicken Satay or Chicken Fried Rice.
Ingredients: soy sauce, rice vinegar (sub cider vinegar), sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, mixed leafy salad greens, cherry tomatoes, red onion, fried shallots
Chinese Chicken Salad
This crisp salad hits all the right flavor marks: sweet, salty, and savory. Plus, the simple sauce is made in a way that cuts out refined sugars and reigns in sodium.
Ingredients: Napa or green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, sugar snap peas, green onions, shredded chicken, orange segments, fresh cilantro leaves, almonds, dressing
The list would not be complete without dessert! Here are just a few recipes for popular Chinese treats and desserts.
Mooncakes, a Classic Recipe (广式月饼)
Nothing can beat the taste of homemade mooncakes. This recipe shows you how to make traditional mooncakes with easy steps and many pro tips. A video is also included.
Ingredients: dried lotus seeds, sugar, golden syrup, lye water, cooking oil, all-purpose flour, salted and regular egg yolks, cornstarch
Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bar (Boba Popsicles)
This Asian frozen dessert has been a viral sensation around the world recently. It has a delicious combination of sweet, creamy ice cream and soft, chewy bubble tea pearls. Here is an easy recipe (+video) showing you how to make this special treat at home, rivaling the popular Boba popsicles from Shao Mei.
Ingredients: regular or dark brown sugar, cornstarch, glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, heavy cream, condensed milk
Chinese Sesame Balls
A favorite dim sum dessert – fried sesame balls. They’re definitely an indulgence, but there’s something about that crispy exterior and the yummy fillings that you will love!
Ingredients: honey, brown sugar, sweet rice flour, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds
Other Dumpling Varieties
Here are more incredible appetizer ideas to try!
These are well-known and popular Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine choices.
Vietnamese Egg Rolls Recipe (Chả Giò)
These Vietnamese egg rolls are made with pork and nicely balanced with veggies, mung bean thread, and mushrooms. When you use the right wrappers, they come out golden brown and irresistibly crispy!
Ingredients: egg roll wrappers, ground pork, jícama, onion, bean thread noodle, wood ear mushrooms, sugar, flour, dipping fish sauce (nước chấm), green leaf lettuce, Vietnamese perilla (kinh gioi), Vietnamese balm (tia to), mint
Cantonese Shumai (Siu Mai, 燒賣)
Shumai (燒賣) are steamed pork dumplings that are perennial favorites at dim sum. In this step-by-step shumai recipe, I show you how to prepare and wrap shumai.
Ingredients: dried scallops, ground pork, tapioca starch, sesame oil, shrimp, water chestnuts, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, scallions, oyster sauce, dumpling wrappers, carrots
Gyoza is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. So skip ordering takeout and make these Japanese, pan-fried dumplings in the comfort of your own home.
Ingredients: wonton wrappers, ground turkey, shredded cabbage, green onions, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds
I can’t wait to hear what you make to serve with your Chinese dumplings! 🙂
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