All The Dumpling Recipes You Need

Dumplings are more than just siomai. Here are more dim sum ideas to try.

IMAGE Majoy Siason

Siomai may be the most popular of the dim sum varieties we know. From the typical pork siomai with a little shrimp mixed into the shark's fin siomai which you have always wondered if it actually contained shark meat, siomai isn't the only kind of dim sum you can easily make at home.  

Dim sum come in shapes and sizes, but if you really want to try something other than the usual siomai, you need to look to the filling. 


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1 Pork and Chives Dumpling Recipe 

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This easy dumpling recipe stuffed with a seasoned pork and chives filling is steamed but you can boil or even fry these, too! 

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2 Korean Mandu Recipe 

The Korean wave is everywhere, and that includes in our food scene, too. These meaty dumplings from Korea, known as "mandu", are made with thick wrappers hiding a pork-beef seasoned mixture that's got kimchi stirred in. Anyone who loves Korean food will need to want to learn this from-scratch recipe. (Yes! You'll learn how to make those unique thick dumpling wrappers, too!)

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3 Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Recipe 

These are not your typical dumplings. These are Vietnamese-inspired dumplings so you can expect to taste something fresh and delicious inside each of these pockets. Known as banh bot loc tran, serve these with your favorite pre-made dipping sauce or make your own to suit your taste.    

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4 Gyoza Recipe  

There's no dumpling like the gyoza. Steamed and cooked in a frying pan rather than in a steamer, these are also known as potstickers because of how these behave in the pan than for its flavor. 

Potstickers are cooked in a combination of water and a little oil and then covered. The water acts as the steaming component so these dumplings have a chance to cook all the way through. The oil meanwhile is there to help in two ways: the gyoza won't stick (much) to the pan as the water simmers and evaporates, and the gyoza can fry in the oil, creating seared, browned spots on the bottom of each dumpling. These are crispy, delicious, and of course, perfect dipped in some seasoned soy sauce.  

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5 Pinsec Frito Recipe 

These are some of the best kinds of fried dumplings! These pockets of tender, seasoned meat encased in a fried and crispy wonton wrapper are like your favorite lumpiang Shanghai but made more delicate. Either way you make these fried wontons, these are easy to eat, make for the perfect party staple, and the ulam you can pack for later and eagerly await to eat for lunch.  

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6 Bacon and Mushroom Dumplings Recipe (Polish Pierogi) 

It's not just the Asians who have dumplings! These pockets of flour are stuffed with a mixture of bacon and mushroom, creating a rather modern take on the kinds of Chinese steamed dim sum we know and love. Not only that, these are fried and with such thick wrappers, they're closer to the taro puffs we can usually only order at restaurants.   

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7 Crispy Ham and Cheese Dumplings Recipe  

Also known as beggar's pouches, these dumplings really do look like little bundles or pouches! The similarities, however, stop there since these are stuffed with a ham and cheese filling that's going to go super well with any child or anyone who loves the sweet and savory combination in a crispy coating.  

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Have you other ideas on what else to stuff wonton wrappers with? How about some tuna and cheese stuffed into pockets? Perhaps some sweetened red bean paste? Get your fix of dumplings with these recipes or try these other ideas, too. 

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