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Shanghai Soup Dumplings Gelatinized Stock Shanghai Soup Dumplings recipe Xaio Long Bao reicpe Xaio Long Bao Soup Dumpling recipe Soup dumplings are one of our favorite things to go and eat. These little babies really melt in your mouth, and the trick for that is such an easy one. Geletanized stock…or Aspic! When we realized this, our minds were totally blown. What a good trick!! These dumplings are really easy to make, so don’t let the folding and crimping situations of the wonton wrappers fool you. You can try to make them nice and pretty, or you can get experimental and go a little crazy. Just make sure they are sealed and you’re good to go! We picked this recipe today because of the two little tricks that work wonders. The aspic, and the egg wash to make sure your dumplings are sealed so they cook properly. We mention this because today marks the first day of a really awesome contest we are hosting for a chance to win a Surface 2.

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Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Makes 40

2 cups homemade (or all natural, store bought) chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin OR 3 gelatin sheets
1 lb. ground pork
1 cup cooked and chopped vermicelli rice noodles
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons minced lemongrass
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2/3 cup diced water chestnuts (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

1 large egg, lightly beaten
40 round wonton wrappers
savoy or napa cabbage

1. For stock: Pour stock into a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir in salt and continue to boil until the stock has reduced by half. Remove from heat. Sprinkle gelatin into a bowl of 1/2 cup water and allow gelatin to bloom (you will know the gelatin is ready, when it expands and absorbs all the water).
2. Pour the gelatin mixture into the hot stock, stir until dissolved and pour into a shallow, 8”x11” baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight until an aspic forms (the stock gelatinizes). Once aspic is ready, cut into 1/2 inch squares and continue to refrigerate until ready to use.
3. For filling; In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and gently mix together until fully combined, making sure not to overwork the meat mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or until ready to use.
4. To assemble: Brush some egg wash over the surface of a wonton wrapper and fill with 2 teaspoons of filling. Top filling with 1 or 2 small cubes of aspic and carefully gather the perimeter of the wonton and pull it until the center, to create a pouch. Gently twist the gathered wonton to seal the pouch and pinch off the end.
5.Line a bamboo steamer (or whatever steaming device you have) and line it with a single layer of savoy or napa cabbage. Place steamer over a pot filled up halfway with water (like a double boiler) and boil over medium-high heat. Steam dumplings for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the filling has cooked through and the stock has melted into a liquid.
6. Allow dumplings to cool for 1 to 2 minutes before serving in the steamer.

*Be sure to let your guests know that the dumplings are filled with piping hot soup, so they don’t burn their mouths!

  1. Allyn Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG. We are the biggest fan of soup dumplings and nearly ate our weight in them when we visited Shanghai. Now I’m suuuuuper tempted to make them. For real. Aspic always make me think of Julia Child.

  2. Sharlynn Ng Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m really happy to see that you’ve made such a big effort to make these dumplings! I’ve trained to make them in the past so I know how difficult it can be! Just to let you know, the gelatine should be mixed with the filling, that way it’s evenly dispersed and way easier to wrap up! Try 10g for each piece of wrap with about 15g of filling! It’ll fill up better! Hope you try these again! I’ve made them so many times I’m taking a break for now!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Thanks for the awesome tip! So helpful!

    • Aimee Not Specified Not Specified

      Do you have some insight on how to make homemade wrappers? Some call for egg some call for hot water, I want to make them thin with the same texture. So far the hot water method has made a thicker dough with a pasty texture. Love the recipe!

  3. Matt Robinson Not Specified Not Specified

    We love soup dumplings in our home and these ones are amazing, love the flavors!

  4. Ben T. Not Specified Not Specified

    Great post! Check out the VICE sponsored videos of Eddie Huang talking about the proper way to eat a soup dumpling.

    Was wondering what brand/type of steam you’re using in the photos?


  5. Rachael | Spache the Spatula Not Specified Not Specified

    Whoah! I am so impressed that you made your own Xiao Long Bao! There’s a few Din Tai Fungs that have opened up in the Seattle area in the past few years, and there are always lines hours long for their famous Xiao Long Bao. They have a super large window where you can watch *them* make them, but I never thought of making them myself! You’ve totally inspired me!

  6. Millie l Add A Little Not Specified Not Specified

    NO FRICKIN WAY. I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT! These are one of my favourite dumplings and I’ve always wanted to make them but never got round to making my stock gelatinous. My mind is totally blown!!

  7. Sophie Not Specified Not Specified

    Recently when visiting my sister in New York, she took us out for soup dumplings. We couldn’t stop downing them and then discussed how in the world we thought they got that soup in there!! Someone mentioned injecting liquid to a nearly-finished dumpling… I suggested starting with a frozen or gelatinous stock being wrapped up inside…. eeee I was right :) Sort of! How fun! And I love the lemongrass in these. Can’t wait to try our own at home. What a treat!

  8. Charline Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG! I’m a Shanghainese , a huge fan of soup dumplings. Your Xiao Long Bao are solo amazing!! I never ever thought I can make Xiao Long Bao at home, still I don’t believe I can make it by myself. Joe’s Shanghai (Lu Ming Chun) makes the best in New York area in my opinion. I tried Din Tai Feng in Seattle, never impressed.

  9. Cardamonbraid Not Specified Not Specified

    Boy did you make my Bday a happy one. I’d never seen these before until the other day when I was watching Chicago’s Best. I’ve been intrigued with this idea ever since. Now I can’t wait to give this a try

    taksa mychet

  10. Hilary Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve been meaning to make soup dumplings, but they never quite compare to Joe Shanghai’s in NYC. I’d much rather order them from Joe’s, but I will have to give these a try!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Ami@naivecookcooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a cool recipe!!

  12. Mel Rose Not Specified Not Specified

    Din Tai Fung is my family’s favorite restaurant and we love the Xiao Long Bao there :) Can’t wait to try this!

  13. Linda I Not Specified Not Specified

    Woohoo! Went to Din Tai Fung this week and have been craving these things! Such a simple solution to what was a culinary mystery! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  14. Curious Little Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    So aspic’s the trick for that juicy goodness – thanks for sharing!

  15. Trish Not Specified Not Specified

    My family and I LOVE soup dumplings! Thanks for this post : )

  16. Samina | The Cupcake Confession Not Specified Not Specified

    Soup dumplings!!!!!! I am loving these!!!! I have never eaten soup dumplings before but these look so gorgeous, I just know that I need to make these stat!

  17. Lauren @ Living the Savory Life Not Specified Not Specified

    I am SO excited to be able to make these! We love them and order them all the time when we go for dim sum.

  18. Justin Not Specified Not Specified

    Where did you find wrappers big enough to do this? I tried using 3-inch wrappers and the results were pretty mixed.

    • Linda Not Specified Not Specified

      Soup dumplings are not in the same family of foods as generic dumplings in China. They’re more close to meat buns (baozi). As such, you can’t use dumpling wrappers to make them.

      • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

        In the U.S. it’s very common to use dumpling wrappers for these types of soup dumpling. The bao buns are usually saved for the bowl sized soup dumplings…the type that is usually served with a straw.

  19. Ace (@toastedsprinkle) Not Specified Not Specified

    I just discovered soup dumplings this winter and I’ve already made multiple trips to Chinatown to get them. I can’t even express how I excited I am to learn how easy it is to make them at home. I’m buying a bamboo steamer immediately. Thanks!!

  20. Sandra Simon Not Specified Not Specified

    I have made these darling, delicious dumplings for several cocktail parties with great “oohs and aah s” exclaimed! However, still not totally loving my choice of won ton wrappers. What brand do you suggest? Thanks and keep the recipes coming!

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  23. Alice Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing! I was just wondering though, how long can we keep the aspic in the refrigerator? Does it keep well?

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