Homemade Dumplings

dumplings1Dumplings are my favorite comfort food.  I like them fried, steamed, boiled or in soups.  On New Year’s Day, Koreans eat a soup called dduk gook for good luck.  It’s made of dumplings, rice cakes (white and oval-shaped), shredded beef and beef stock.  Needless to say, I made a LOT of dumplings.  We were eating them for 3 days straight.  They are really easy to make but you definitely need patience to sit there and make each dumpling.  I never really measure the food that I’m making so these are all approximations.  Good luck!


  • 1 lb of your favorite meat. I used lean pork
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 stems of scallions or chives
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Dumpling skins

dumplings3dumplings41. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. I used my hands which are the best kitchen tools I’ve got.

dumplings52. The mix should be moist but not too wet.

dumplings63. You want to put a little dollop in the middle of the dumpling skin.

dumplings74. Dab one finger in some water. For some reason I always dab my ring finger on my right hand. Brush your finger along the edge of half the dumpling skin. Fold over and using your thumbs and forefingers, press the dumpling together. Please excuse my pasty white hands-ew

dumplings85. 2 down, thousands to go…

dumplings86. You can make any shape you want. I always stick to a simple shape. My mom makes really fancy ones which always put mine to shame.

dumplings97. I made a dumpling soup with them. I just boiled beef broth and added the dumplings. You could add noodles to them as well. I’ve also boiled them for 4 minutes and served them with soy sauce.