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Soup Dumplings: A Bite of Broth Bliss (with Photos!)

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Soup dumplings, also known as xiaolongbao, are delicate parcels of joy that burst with savory broth and tender fillings. At the same time, their intricate folds and flavorful essence may seem intimidating, but fear not! With a little practice and this guide, you’ll be crafting soup dumpling masterpieces in no time.


        • 2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 cup warm water
        • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
        • 1/2 pound ground pork
        • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
        • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
        • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
        • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (optional)
        • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
        • 1/4 teaspoon salt
        • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
        • 1/4 cup chicken broth, jellied (optional)


    • Bamboo steamer
    • Parchment paper
    • Dipping sauce (soy sauce, vinegar, chili oil, ginger)




Make the dough: Combine flour and water in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with a dough hook, knead for 5 minutes until smooth. Add oil and knead for another minute. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.

Soup Dumplings - Make the Dough


Prepare the filling: Mix all filling ingredients in a bowl until well combined. If using chicken broth jelly, chop it into small pieces and incorporate it gently. Set aside.

Soup Dumplings -Mix all the Filling Ingredients


Assemble the dumplings: Divide the dough into 20-24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a thin disc, about 3-4 inches in diameter. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each disc.

Soup Dumplings - Fold the Dumplings


Fold the dumplings: Gather the edges of the dough towards the center, creating pleats. Pinch the pleats together to form a tight seal, leaving a small opening at the top. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Soup Dumplings - Assemble the Dumplings


Steam the dumplings: Place parchment paper squares in your bamboo steamer. Arrange the dumplings on top, leaving space between them. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the steamer on top and steam for 8-10 minutes, or until the filling is cooked through.

Soup Dumplings - Steam the Dumplings


Serve and enjoy! Carefully transfer the dumplings to serving plates using a spatula. Dip each dumpling in your prepared sauce and take a small bite, savoring the burst of flavor.


  • Use high-quality ground pork for the best texture and flavor.
  • Don’t overfill the dumplings, as this can make them burst.
  • Make sure your steamer is hot before adding the dumplings.
  • If your dumplings are not sealing properly, brush the edges with a little water before pleating.
  • Serve the soup dumplings immediately for the best experience.

Additional notes:

  • This recipe makes approximately 20-24 soup dumplings.
  • You can adjust the amount of ginger, garlic, and spices in the filling to your taste.
  • If you don’t have a bamboo steamer, you can use a pot fitted with a steamer basket.

With these tips and a little practice, you’ll be wowing your friends and family with homemade soup dumplings in no time. So grab your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to experience a taste of broth-filled bliss!

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