Chinese Dumplings(Jiaozi)

  • PrepTime: 30 Mins
  • CookTime: 15 Mins
  • TotalTime: 45 Mins


  1. Make the Jiaozi Dough:
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  4. Up to 1 1/4 cups cold water
  5. Make the Filling:
  6. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  10. 1 cup ground pork or beef
  11. 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  12. 1/2 scallion, finely minced
  13. 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
  14. 4 tablespoons shredded bamboo shoots
  15. 2 slices fresh ginger, finely minced
  16. 1 clove garlic, finely minced


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Stir the salt into the flour. Slowly stir in the cold water, adding as much as is necessary to form a smooth dough.
  3. Knead the dough into a smooth ball.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  5. While the dough is resting, make the filling; add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine, and white pepper to the meat, stirring in only one direction. 
  6. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the same direction, and mix well.
  7. To make the dumpling dough, knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball.
  8. Divide the dough into 60 pieces. Roll each piece out into a circle about 3 inches in diameter.
  9. Place a small portion (about 1 level tablespoon) of the filling into the middle of each wrapper.
  10. Wet the edges of the dumpling with water.
  11. Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings.
  12. To cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add half the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they don't stick together. Bring the water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of cold water. Cover and repeat.
  13. When the dumplings come to a boil for the third time, they are ready. Drain and remove.
  14. If desired, they can be pan-fried at this point.
  15. Serve and enjoy!