Xiao Long Bao

Based on 1 rating

60

min

Preparation

30

min

Cook

Hard

Difficulty

7

Steps

13

Ingredients

Impress your guests with this intricate steamed Chinese soup dumpling with an element of surprise when you bite into it!

Let's start cooking!

Step 1 - Make aspic (jelly with meat stock)

  • In a saucepan, heat stock until it boils, then gradually mix in gelatin in batches and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Pour out into a tray or container to cool down.

Minced chicken and chopped aspirin in a mixing bowl Step 2 - Chill and chop up aspic

  • Place aspic in the chiller for at least 2 hours.
  • When the aspic is firm and set, chop it into small cubes.

Step 3 - Make meat filling

  • In a bowl, mix minced chicken, egg, ½ Tsp salt, 3 Tbsp light soy sauce, minced ginger, 2 Tsp sesame oil and chopped aspic until well combined. Set aside.
Flour and water on a chopping board

Step 4 - Make dough

  • Dissolve ½ tsp salt in 340 ml warm water.
  • Mix salted water into flour to form a soft dough.
  • Knead dough with 1 Tbsp oil. Cover dough in plastic wrap and leave in warm place to rest for 30 minutes.

Dough flattened with rolling pin on a chopping boardStep 5 - Knead dough

  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking, until dough is soft, smooth, and slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time and keeping other pieces covered with plastic wrap, roll out dough with your palms to make long ropes.

Step 6 - Flatten dough to make dumpling wrapper

  • Divide dough into 20 g balls and flatten with a rolling pin, about 6 cm in diameter.
Dough with filling and folded

Step 7 - Fill and fold dumpling

  • Spoon ½ to 1 Tbsp filling in the middle of dumpling wrapper.
  • Using fingertips on one hand, gently pull and stretch wrapper outward before bringing it in to meet opposite fingers.
  • Carefully fold stretched area in on itself, creating a pleat. Pinch to seal pleat and repeat until dumpling is completely sealed.
  • Lay parchment paper on the bottom of steamer basket and place dumplings over. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

Make dipping sauce and serve!

Dumplings in a steamer basket with black vinegar and ginger at the side

In a sauce dish, add 1 Tbsp black vinegar with finely sliced ginger. Serve dumplings in steamer basket with dipping sauce on the side.

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