Xiao Long Bao meets Sheng Jian Bao! This Xiao Jian Bao special is quick, easy and perfect for when you want soup dumplings without all the effort.

Watch how to make it + pleating video

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Cheater’s Mini Pan Fried Soup Dumplings

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  • appropriate amount dumpling wrappers
  • appropriate amount of soup dumpling filling (or any juicy dumpling filling of choice)

Dipping sau


  1. Take a dumpling wrapper and gently roll it out (the size should increase by 1/2-3/4cm). and wet the sides by dipping your index finger in water and running it around dumpling. Place 1-2 heaping tablespoon of filling in the middle and pleat it closed.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a pan and then place in the dumplings over medium heat until lightly golden on the bottom. Pour in 3-4 tbsp of water and cover for 4-5 minutes or until most of the water has cooked off. Uncover, sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions. Continue to pan fry until all the water is evaporated and the bottom is beautifully crispy again. 
  3. Serve with Shanghai red vinegar or Chinese black vinegar and a bit of chili oil if you like it spicy!

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  1. These came out perfectly! I followed the video when making my pleats and I’ve never had such good looking dumplings before! Tasted excellent and were super fun to make! Looking forward to enjoying them again and again

  2. Lisa does it again <3 these are amazing and not that hard at all!! my boyfriend and i ate all of them (i made like 26 haha)
    we topped it with soy and chili oil! definitely will make it again