A plate of dumplings with chopsticks

Pork dumplings

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make your own boiled pork and chive dumplings in just 45 minutes. Soft and pillowy, they're best served with soy sauce, chiu chow chilli oil and chopped chives


Try these boiled pork dumplings, then check out our pork and prawn dumplings, Chinese soup dumplings, siu mai dumplings and more Chinese recipes.

Adam says: “I learnt to make these in a northern Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong when I went there several years ago. We had them for breakfast and there’s nothing like soft savoury pillows dunked in soy, vinegar and chilli to get the day started right. You can buy dumpling wrappers in the frozen section of Chinese or Asian grocers, or online. Defrost them before using.”



  • minced pork 250g
  • garlic 3 cloves, crushed
  • ginger a large knob, finely grated
  • chives a large handful, finely chopped, plus more to serve
  • dumpling wrappers enough for 20 dumplings
  • soy sauce, chinkiang black vinegar (balsamic vinegar works well as a substitute), chiu chow chilli oil to serve


  • Step 1

    In a bowl, mix together the minced pork, garlic, ginger, chives and lots of seasoning. Put a dumpling wrapper in the palm of your hand and put a heaped tsp of the pork mixture in the middle. Dip a finger in water and run it around the edge of the dumpling wrapper. Bring all of the corners up to seal the pork in.

  • Step 2

    Put the dumpling onto a baking tray lightly dusted with flour, to prevent them sticking, and repeat with the remaining mixture – you should have enough for 20 dumplings. Cook the dumplings in a large pan of boiling water for 5-6 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked through. Drain well and divide between plates. Top with soy sauce, chinkiang black vinegar, chiu chow chilli oil and more finely chopped chives.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 244
  • Fat 6.2g
  • Saturates 2.3g
  • Carbs 28.7g
  • Sugars 0.1g
  • Fibre 0.2g
  • Protein 18.1g
  • Salt 0.1g