When we lived in New York City, we used to frequent Chinatown and enjoy soup dumplings often.
They’re a dim sum staple. I admit that we were spoiled, having access to the best international cuisine available. Now that I live in South Florida, some of these dishes are a little harder to find so I often try to recreate them at home. However, I never tried to make soup dumplings before because it’s a long process to make the gelatinized broth. Traditionally, to get that rich, thick broth, several ingredients like pork bones, pigs feet and skin are simmered with aromatics. The collagen melts into the stock, thickening it and eventually it solidifies when refrigerated.
How to make soup dumplings
whisk some gelatin into chicken stock or bone broth and refrigerate until firm. Easy peasy!
Assembling the soup dumplings
Then, lift up the edge of the dumpling wrapper and make little pleats, working your way around the whole circle until it is closed. It took a few tries to get used to forming the dumplings but after two or three, I had it down pretty well!
Cooking the soup dumplings
This recipe makes a lot of dumplings, so at this point you can freeze some and save them for a rainy day. Then when you’re ready to cook them, set up your steamer. I don’t have a traditional bamboo steamer so I used my rice cooker, which has a steamer basket insert. Add a couple of inches of water to the bottom of the pot and line the steamer basket with some cabbage leaves. Spray them with cooking spray and arrange some dumplings in the basket so that they’re not touching each other. Steam them for about 10-12 minutes or until the filling is cooked through.
bite. As you bite into them, the soup will burst out and mix with all of the flavors in your mouth. Serve them as an appetizer at your next party and watch them disappear!
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Chinese Soup Dumplings
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups chicken stock or bone broth
- 1 pound ground chicken
- ¼ pound peeled, deveined raw shrimp, finely chopped
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon grated garlic
- 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1 ½ teaspoons Chinese Shaoxing wine (rice wine) or dry sherry
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ cup Chinese black vinegar
- 1 inch piece of ginger, cut into matchsticks
- 1 package 3-inch round dumpling wrappers
- 3 or 4 green or Napa cabbage leaves
- Pour 3 tablespoons water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let the gelatin soften for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock in a medium saucepan until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture. Whisk until combined. Pour the liquid into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until solid. Once solid, cut the block into long strips and then cut the strips into cubes, about ½-inch in size.
- Mix the chicken, shrimp, scallions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, wine, sugar, sesame oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
- To make the dipping sauce, mix the soy sauce, vinegar and ginger together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- To make the dumplings, place one dumpling wrapper on a cutting board or flat surface and place a teaspoon of the filling in the center. Add 2 or 3 cubes of gelatinized broth to the filling, pressing them in. Lift up one edge of the dumpling wrapper and make small pleats or folds in the dough, working your way around the entire circle until the dumpling is closed. Pinch the top to seal it. Assemble the remaining dumplings.
- To steam the dumplings, pour water into a steamer to a depth of 1 or 2 inches. Line the steamer basket with a few cabbage leaves and spray it with cooking spray. Place several dumplings on the cabbage leaves, leaving a little space between them so they don’t touch. Close the top and steam until the filling is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Carefully remove the dumplings from the steamer. Cook the remaining dumplings. Serve dumplings hot with the dipping sauce on the side.
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Wanda Keeling says
This soup looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe, I will need to try it for my family.
Joyce TeawithMD says
So glad I found your blog! I'm a physician blogger as well but I mainly focus on health and beauty, as I'm doing my derm residency in NYC. Xiao Long Bao (steamed soup dumplings) are my favorite food of all time; every time I go back home to California I'm dying to go to Ding Tai Fong which is a restaurant branch from Taiwan that makes the best soup dumplings. Thank you so much for this recipe! I'm going to try this with my husband (the way better chef) at home!
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You won't believe this, but I've never had Chinese dumplings. How have I gotten to be 44 without them? It's a travesty - yours look amazing and I MUST try the recipe...
Oh Marissa, you have to try them! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking says
These look amazing Sonali. I would love to try Chinatown in NYC but this recipe will do in the meantime
Thanks Natalie! Enjoy 🙂
Bonnie Gowen says
Wow, those look so good! You did an awesome job making those. I bet my family would love to try these dumplings.
Thanks so much! I hope you and the fam enjoy them 🙂
Bev Feldman says
Ooh, yum, this looks absolutely delicious, and easier to make than I would expect!