Chinese Dumpling Dipping Sauce

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Delicious Chinese dipping sauce recipes. Steve Lee Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Make 1/2 cup

Edited by Liv Wan.


Chinese dumplings are one of the most classic and traditional dishes in Chinese cuisine. Chinese dumplings are also known as Jiaozi and Jiaozi is one of the “must have” dishes in Chinese New Year banquets.


In fact making and eating dumplings is as much about the social aspect as eating. One of my fondest memories during my childhood was on a Sunday I would sit with a grandparent and we’d drink Chinese tea and make dozens if not hundreds of dumplings. Sometimes we’d even throw in a bit of gambling or some mahjong and what is a relatively quick thing to make would take a good part of our Sunday up.


Alternatively, if we didn’t make dumplings at home we’d go to a restaurant and the waiters would wheel around trolleys of just cooked dumplings and you’d grab a few bamboo steamers of dumplings, as well as some other delicious dishes, and read our newspapers, talk really loudly (Chinese tradition) and drink lots of tea.


There are many ways to prepare Chinese dumplings, many ways to cook (boil, steam, fry etc) and there are also all kinds of different dipping sauces.


You can find out how to make authentic, basic traditional types of dumplings from my article “How To Make Classic Chinese Dumplings.“. This article contains step-by-step procedure photos to show you how to fold dumplings.


Different sauces will give you different flavours. This recipe is a really quick, popular and easy version.


Here is another article “Chinese Dumpling Dipping Sauce Recipes” to show you how to make other different kinds of Chinese dumpling dipping sauces and how to make different flavour dipping sauces. This article gives you different ideas for different dipping sauces that you can choose from.


I have also included a small recipe for how to make chilli oil in this recipe. You can buy chilli oil in shops but making your own chilli oil tastes much better than the chilli oil you bought from the store. But this is entirely up to you. You can also try to use Sichuan peppercorn oil instead. I personally like to use Sichuan peppercorn oil in my dumpling dipping sauce because Sichuan peppercorns give the dumpling dipping sauce a strong but delicious taste and aroma. You can have a look at how to make Sichuan peppercorn oil for more information.


You can adjust the amount of the seasoning to suit your personal preference. 

What You'll Need

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil.
  • Ingredients for chili oil:
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil, you can use olive oil, sunflower oil, granola oil, vegetable oil. 

How to Make It

Procedures for chili oil:

  1. Put chili powder or chili flakes into a heatproof bowl.
  2. Heat up 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan and pour the hot oil into the chilli powder. Leave it to cool down.
  3. Store the chilli powder in an air tight jar or container.


Procedures for dumpling dipping sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use (use the sauce within 3 days.)