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Chinese Dumpling Variations

Shape, wrapper, filling, and cooking method are just a few factors in classifying dumplings. It may sound complicated, but we're here to walk you through it!
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Dumplings in China

There's no consensus on just how many dumpling varieties exist across China, but all are delicious and well worth a try. This set of recipes will take you through some of the most popular dishes. So grab some chopsticks and your favorite spicy oils, and get cooking!

Worth the Effort

DAIRY-FREENUT-FREE
Chinese Steamed Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
China Sichuan Food

It is not easy to make these little, juicy soup dumplings at home, but it is so worth it!

Hog all the Snacks

GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-FREE
Steamed Pork Dumplings
Hapa Nom Nom

These Steamed Pork Dumplings are a true classic!

Got Me Wonton More

BUDGET-FRIENDLYSUGAR-FREE
Spicy Wonton Soup
China Sichuan Food

Wontons are a favorite Chinese snack, especially in the southern part of the country. Generally, there are two types of wonton soup. One is clear and mild and the other one comes with red chilli oil, more popular in Sichuan cuisine for its added kick!

Tofu Time

SUGAR-FREECLASSIC
Tofu Guo Tie
Anncoo Journal

This pan-fried tofu guo tie or jian doufu jiaozi with a little crisp bottom is easy to cook and quick to eat. The mixing of the fillings is a breeze and the following recipe makes about 35 pieces, great for sharing!

Barbe-cute!

SOY-FREEMAKE AHEAD
Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) Dumplings
Pups with Chopsticks

These chewy, crispy Chinese BBQ pork (Char Siu) dumplings are simple to make right at home!

Culture Clash

NUT-FREEWEEKEND PROJECT
Kale and Mushroom Puff Dumpling
K33 Kitchen

These are not just any regular Asian dumplings. With such a puffy texture, they are very much like an Eastern European dumpling with an Asian twist!

Truly Taro-fic

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN
Sweet & Savory Salted Egg Taro Dumplings
Pups with Chopsticks

A taro bun remade into tiny bite-sized dumplings filled with buttery salted duck eggs and taro, and lightly sweetened with condensed milk.

Dessert First

GLUTEN-FREESOY-FREE
Tang Yuan with Black Sesame Filling
China Sichuan Food

Tang Yuan is a popular sweet Chinese dessert used to celebrate the holidays!

Wonton More

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Cantonese-Style Wontons with Sichuan Chili Oil
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Classic Cantonese style pork and shrimp filling swimming in a pool of spicy Sichuan chili oil for an unforgettable taste.

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