Traditional Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese shumai dumplings, made with glutinous (sticky) rice, ground pork and vegetables, are a popular dish in southern China and are often served for Dim Sum.

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1 Dumpling
Calories 132 kcal


  • cups glutinous (sticky) rice
  • ½ carrot
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2” knob ginger (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz pack wonton wrappers (50 wrappers)


  • Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • Dice the carrot, mushroom and green onion. Set aside.
  • Place ground pork in a bowl.  Mince and add ginger.  Then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet bean sauce, egg and salt.  Massage with hands to mix thoroughly.  
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Stir fry pork mixture until no pink remains.
  • Add mushrooms and carrots.  Cook to desired tenderness.
  • Remove pork mixture from pan to a bowl and add green onions and cooked rice.  Mix in olive oil and white pepper.
  • Line a bamboo steamer with cheesecloth.  
  • Take each wonton wrapper and place one tbsp of filling in the center.  Wrap thumb and forefinger into an “O” shape around the wonton.  Use your other hand to wet and pinch the wonton into a bucket shape, leaving the top open.
  • Press filling down firmly and add more filling, if needed, to fill the bucket to the top.
  • Place the dumplings in the steamer in a single layer, pressing down gently to form a flat bottom.
  • Place 1” of water in the bottom of the skillet or wok.  Stack and place steamer over the water and cover.  
  • When the water begins to boil, steam dumplings for 10 minutes.
  • Dumplings can also be air-fried for 7 to 9 minutes at 380℉.
  • Serve dumplings warm with your choice of dipping sauce.
  • Hack:  Leftover Shumai can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen (cooked or uncooked) for up to 3 months.
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Chinese shumai dumplings are a popular dish is southern China.  They are often served during Dim Sum, a communal midday meal consisting of tea and a large range of small, shared plates.

Although you can use any dipping sauce that you enjoy, Yuhongs dumpling sauce, listed in this recipe, is by far my favorite!

Homemade Chinese Dumplings

Another authentic recipe from Yuhong’s Country Kitchen! These homemade Chinese dumplings can be prepared simmered, pan-fried or in an air fryer.

Homemade Chinese Dumplings
(Courtesy Yuhong Sun)


½ head green cabbage

½ head napa cabbage

8 green onions

1 oz ginger (4” knob, ¼ cup)

1 lb ground pork

2 eggs

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp red wine

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

100 dumpling wrappers


Dipping Sauce (per serving)*

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp Chinese vinegar

1 tsp crushed ginger

1 tsp chili sauce

1½ tsp sugar

1½ tsp sesame oil


Finely chop the cabbages and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and set aside. The salt will draw liquid out of the cabbage. Only a small amount of salt is needed.

Finely chop green onion and ginger. Set aside.

Place ground pork, eggs and ginger into a bowl and mix for 2 minutes.

Using your hands or cheesecloth, squeeze water out of cabbage and place into a clean bowl. Add green onions, pork mixture, sesame oil, red wine, soy sauce and olive oil. Mix together well.

Take one dumpling wrapper and place one tbsp filling in the center. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water and seal completely. The amount of filling and shape you fold it in is less important than ensuring that the edges are completely sealed so the filling doesn’t leak out. Continue until all the filling is gone.**  For more in-depth instruction on rolling and pleating dumplings, check out this video!

Put a large pot of water on the stove and heat to boiling. While the water is heating, assemble the dipping sauce.

When water comes to a full boil, add about 20 dumplings. Bring water back to a full boil and add enough cold water to bring the pot down to a gentle boil. Cover pot and cook dumplings until they float to the top of the water, about 3-4 minutes. Continue adding cold water as necessary throughout cooking to keep water at a gentle boil.

Remove dumplings from water with a slotted spoon and serve with dipping sauce.

If preferred, dumplings can be cooked in an air fryer for 6 minutes instead of boiling them. Coat with cooking spray and air fry for 6 minutes. Allow a longer time for frozen dumplings.

*Because of the thin consistency of the dipping sauce, it’s often made in small bowls for each individual person or to share between two or three people.

**Dumplings are often served at gatherings and are traditionally assembled jointly by the group or family that are going to eat them. Try experimenting with different shapes and have fun putting them together with your guests!


10 servings, 270 calories per serving

Hack: Cooked or uncooked dumplings can be frozen for up to 3 months. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet, making sure the edges are not touching, and place in the freezer. Once they are frozen, package in freezer bags or containers for storage. Add 2 extra minutes to cooking time. As with fresh, frozen boiled dumplings are ready when they float to the top of the water.

Hack: Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need. They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.

Hack: Leftover cabbage can be used to make this Andouille sausage with cabbage recipe or Chinese Chicken Cabbage Soup!

Hack: Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in it’s frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!



Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

No frills here…just the best classic meatloaf recipe out there! Serve it as a main course at dinner and then use the leftovers for sandwiches!

Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 290 kcal


  • 1 lb meatloaf mix (beef, pork and lamb)*
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs**
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Meatloaf Topping:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl add meatloaf mix, bread crumbs, 2 tbsp brown sugar, onion, milk, egg, ¼ cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Combine well and press into loaf pan.
  • Mix ingredients for topping and spread over meatloaf mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 55 - 60 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160°F.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing or removing from pan.
  • * Many supermarkets and butcher shops sell a meatloaf mix of beef/pork/lamb or beef/pork. Ground pork and/or lamb can be reduced or eliminated by increasing ground beef.  Ground chicken or turkey can also be used.
  • ** Rolled oats or almond flour can be used in place of flour for a gluten-free option.
  • Hack: This meatloaf can be made and stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 48 hours before cooking. Cooked leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack: Slice leftover meatloaf and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, stack pieces in a freezer bag or container, separating slices with parchment paper.  Store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • Hack: Frozen or dehydrated onions can be used in this recipe!
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Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion:  Serve this with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Mini Tourtiere Pork Pie

Mini Tourtiere Pork Pie is a simple and wonderful French-Canadian dish that’s a Christmas staple in many parts of New England but I enjoy it year-round!

Mini Tourtiere Pork Pie

Course Main Course
Servings 12
Calories 300 kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • cups potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” cubes (2 medium)
  • ½ sweet onion
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 premade pie crusts (see note* below)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Spicy brown mustard


  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  • Combine the next 10 ingredients (pork through pepper) in a skillet. Cook, covered, on medium-low for 4 hours until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. As the mixture thickens, turn down the heat in increments so it will continue to simmer. As the liquid absorbs, begin to stir more frequently, scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid sticking.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and mash with a hand-held potato masher until all large lumps are gone. Allow to cool for easier handling.
  • Generously grease a 12 ct. standard-sized muffin tin. Using glass or biscuit cutter, cut 12-5” pastry circles and line muffin cups, pressing to the sides and bottom.
  • Fill with ¼ cup pie filling and cover with 2½" pastry circle. Run a finger dipped in the water around the seam and crimp edges to seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pie.
  • Bake at 400͒ for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cooling for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cup and gently remove the pies to a cooling rack.
  • Serve warm with spicy brown mustard and pickles.
  • *I do not make pie crust. I’ve tried to make it in the past (lots of times) and it’s been a dismal failure. Maybe I don’t have the patience or maybe I didn’t inherit the “pie crust gene” from my grandmother….I don’t know. But I must concede defeat. If anyone has a great pie crust recipe that you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below!
  • Hack: Place cooled pork pies on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Store in a tightly covered freezer container. I don’t recommend using a freezer bag as the crust might break up as they are moved around the freezer.
  • To reheat: Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake in 350͒ for 15-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160͒.  If desired (and for moister filling) pop off top crust and place pickle slice directly on meat filling.  Replace the top and reheat.
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If you like this single-serving recipe, try my recipe for mini chicken pot pie!


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