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Six dumpling sauces

From the simplest to more sophisticated versions, this guide offers six inspiring dumpling sauces which will take your dumpling dishes to another level.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Sauces
Author: Wei Guo


No. 1: Ginger & Vinegar Sauce (2 servings)

No. 2: Garlic & Vinegar Sauce (2 servings)

No. 3: Spring Onion Oil Sauce (2 servings)

No. 4: Spicy tomato dip (4 servings)

  • 250 g ripe tomatoes peeled and deseeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 fresh chilli or to taste
  • 4 strands coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • ½ teaspoon light soy sauce

No. 5: Sichuan Dumpling Sauce (1 serving)

  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan spiced sweet soy sauce see note 1
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon homemade chilli oil or to taste
  • Spring onion finely chopped

No. 6: Hot and Sour Dumpling Soup (1 serving)

  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon black rice vinegar or spiced vinegar, see note 2
  • 1 tablespoon spring onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon papery dried shrimp optional
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Coriander chopped
  • 1 tablespoon homemade chilli oil or to taste


No. 1: Ginger & Vinegar Sauce:

  • Mix all the ingredients. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes before serving.

No. 2: Garlic & Vinegar Sauce:

  • Put garlic, Sichuan pepper and salt into a bowl. Pour hot oil over.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

No. 3: Spring Onion Oil Sauce:

  • Put spring onion and sugar in a bowl. Pour hot oil over.
  • Add soy sauce and vinegar. Mix well.

No. 4: Spicy Tomato Dip:

  • Put tomato, garlic, ginger, chilli and coriander into the food processor. Blend to a smooth paste.
  • Add salt, sugar and soy sauce. Mix well.

No. 5: Sichuan Dumpling Sauce:

  • Put Sichuan spiced sweet soy sauce (see note 1) and garlic in a serving bowl.
  • Add freshly boiled dumplings.
  • Pour chilli oil over. Stir then garnish with spring onion.

No. 6: Hot and Sour Dumpling Soup:

  • Put soy sauce, vinegar, spring onion, papery dried shrimp, sesame oil and salt in the serving bowl.
  • Spoon in freshly boiled dumplings along with some water from the pot.
  • Add sesame seeds, coriander and chilli oil.



1. To make 400ml Sichuan spiced sweet soy sauce:
In a sauce pan, add:
  • 500ml (2 cups) soy sauce
  • 150g (5oz) brown sugar
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) water
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 Tsaoko
  • 1 small piece cassia cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch fennel seeds
  • 2 stalks spring onion
  • 1 small piece ginger.
Simmer uncovered over a low heat for about 20 minutes until the volume reduces by ⅓ or so. Drain off the spices. Leave to cool.
2. The traditional recipe of Hot and Sour Dumpling Soup calls for spiced vinegar. If you are interested, check out my blog post Beef dumplings in hot & sour soup (酸汤水饺)”.