Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Soup Dumplings)


Xiao Long Bao, or Shanghai Soup Dumplings, are a culinary treasure known for their delicate wrappers and flavorful broth-filled interior. This recipe offers a taste of authentic Chinese dim sum, perfect for those who enjoy intricate cooking.

Preparation Time: 2 hours (includes dough resting)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours (for the broth to set)
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Serving: 4 people (about 24 dumplings)


  • For the Dough:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup warm water
  • For the Filling:
    • 1/2 pound ground pork
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
    • 1 green onion, finely chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Soup Jelly:
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1 packet gelatin powder


  1. Prepare Soup Jelly: Heat the chicken broth and dissolve the gelatin powder in it. Pour into a shallow dish and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Once set, chop into tiny cubes.
  2. Make the Dough: Mix flour and water to form a smooth dough. Cover and let it rest for 2 hours.
  3. Make the Filling: Combine ground pork, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, green onion, salt, and pepper. Mix in the gelatin cubes.
  4. Assemble the Dumplings: Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each ball into a thin circle. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each circle. Pleat the edges of the dough to seal the dumpling.
  5. Steam the Dumplings: Steam the dumplings in a bamboo steamer for about 10 minutes, until the dough is translucent.


  • The key to perfect Xiao Long Bao is the consistency of the dough and the broth gelatin.
  • Serve immediately with black vinegar and ginger slices.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 423.4 kcal
  • Protein: 23.78 g
  • Fat: 13.84 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.19 g

These values provide an approximate idea of the nutritional content for a single serving of Xiao Long Bao, assuming the recipe serves 4 people. The dish is a balanced combination of protein, carbs, and fats, making it a satisfying and flavorful choice.

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