Recipe: Dumplings for National Dumpling Day

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So it’s only a few short days until National Dumpling Day! This year, National Dumpling Day falls on Wednesday 26 September 2018, and you can celebrate by having a go at making your own tasty, authentic Chinese dumplings.

The Royal China Group is one of London’s favourite  Dim Sum restaurants. Try their easy dumpling recipe at home, and have a read of their tips for pairing Dim Sym with tea.

Recipe: Chicken & Chive Dumplings

Filling ingredients:

  • 300g ground Chicken
  • 200g shelled fresh shrimps
  • ½ a bunch of finely chopped Chinese garlic chives
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbs Chinese Shao Shing wine
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • ½ tsp ground dried shrimp
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper

Dumpling pastry ingredients:

  • Whole chives
  • 4 Shu-mei wrappers (Wonton Skin)


  • Whip by hand all filling ingredients until they all hold together.
  • Place a dollop the filling in the centre of each wrapper and bring up the corners to form a little “money bag.” Leave the top open so that you can see some of the meat.
  • Blanch the whole chives in very hot water tap water. Then tie a chive around the neck of each dumpling so that it looks like it is wearing a little green belt.
  • Steam the dumplings in an oiled bamboo steamer for 15 minutes, in a steaming wok.
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Serve hot with sweet chilli dip sauce.

More information

The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf. For more information, visit

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