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Xiao Long Bao—Chinese Soup Dumpling
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Chinese Xiao Long Bao--Steamed Soup Dumplings
Course: staple
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Dumpling
Servings: 24 Making 24 soup dumplings
Calories: 122 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 300 g flour , 2 cups unshifted
  • 150 ml warm water water +15ml for adjusting
  • a small pinch of salt
Pork Filling
  • 250 g pork , at least 20% fat
  • 200 g pork jelly
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. chopped green onion
Ginger and Green Onion water
  • 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. minced green onion
  • 1/2 tsp. Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1/2 cup hot water
Dip Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Chinese black vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 5 ginger shreds
For the Pork Jelly
  1. Make the pork jelly in the previous day with this instruction.

For the Filling
  1. In a small bowl, soak minced ginger, green onion and Sichuan peppercorn with 1/2 cup hot water for around 10 minutes to make ginger and green onion water.

  2. Blend the pork jelly for a while. Then add pork chunks in a blender, add salt, sugar, pepper, light soys sauce and oyster sauce. Blend with pause for 10 seconds. Then add the ginger and green onion water in. Continue blending with pause for another minute.  Add the pork jelly, chopped green onion and sesame oil in. Stir in one direction for 1 or 2 minutes. Cover and place in fridge.

For the wrappers
  1. Add pinch of salt in flour. Add flour and water in a mixing bowl and then knead the dough until smooth and stretchy (this process may need 15 to 20 minutes depending on your kneading skill. You can also use a mixer to do this job.) Cover with a wet cloth and reset for 1 hour.

  2. Shape the dough into a long log and cut into small pieces (around 12g each one). Then roll the wrapper out to form a large wrapper (around 12 cm in diameter). The wrapper should be quite thin.

  3. Place the wrapper in your left hand. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of your wrapper. Fix the starting point with the thumb of right hand and begin to fold the edge counterclockwise. Move the thumb slowly in the process. Repeat the process until the dumpling is completely sealed. Then slightly pull up the sealed peaks and then remove the extra flour(so we can get even and thin wrapper). 

Steaming process
  1. Place the assembled dumpling on lined steamer. Set up the steamer and steam for around 8 to 10 minutes after the water is boiling.

  2. Serve directly or with Chinese black vinegar and ginger shreds.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts is based on each single Xiao Long Bao.

Recipe firstly published in 2016 and updated in 2020. 

Nutrition Facts
Xiao Long Bao—Chinese Soup Dumpling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 343mg15%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.