Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子

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A school mum gave me some fresh fennel and taught me how to make pork and fennel dumplings,  a popular dish from Northern China.

Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子
Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子
Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子

Recipe is as follows:

Black pepper and ginger water


  • 2 tsp sichuan pepper corns (or black pepper corns)
  • a few 2 pieces of ginger, thinly sliced
  • boiling water


Lightly crash the pepper corns; place black pepper corns and ginger in a cup and pour over boiling water; leave aside to infuse and cool.



  • 300g pork mince
  • 1 bunch of fresh fennel, approximately 50g
  • a handful of corn kernels, approximately 50g  (I used frozen corn kernels. I found them softer and more suitable for dumplings)
  • 1/2 carrot, approximately 50g, skin peeled and graded
  • 20g of green shallot (scallion), finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking sake
  • 2-3 tbsp of black pepper & ginger water (see above)
  • salt to taste
  • 30-40 shop bought dumpling wrappers (I used a thicker wrapper typically used for boiled dumplings)


  • Combine all ingredients –  I use a mixer with a K-beater. If you don’t have a mixer, mix the ingredients in a large bowl with a pair of chopstick, stirring, one direction only, for approximately 5 minutes. The idea is to make the pork mince into a smooth paste. You may like to add a little more or less liquid if the paste is too thick or too thin.
  • If you have time, transfer the paste to a container and leave it in the fridge overnight – the flavor will intensify.
  • Wrap the dumplings – see video below.
  • Steam the dumplings in a steamer for approx 10-15 minutes

Dipping sauce

  • If preferred, serve with a dipping sauce of black vinegar, soy and minced garlic. The
  • proportion of vinegar, soy and garlic is as-you-please to suit your taste.
Dumpling wrapper - thick style
Dumpling wrapper – thick style
Pork and fennel dumpling ingredient - fennel
Pork and fennel dumpling ingredient - chicken bouillon
Chicken bouillon
Dumpling filling - pork, fennel, corn, carrot, green shallot
Paste  – pork, fennel, corn, carrot, green shallot






3 thoughts on “Steamed pork and fennel dumplings 豬肉韭菜餃子

    youthfoodblog said:
    February 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Yum! I love these! Thanks for sharing!


      DelishHomeCook responded:
      February 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Chris. I’d love to see your version too 🙂


    Izzie's Kitchen said:
    March 3, 2017 at 4:48 am



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