Chinese boiled dumplings

Treat your tastebuds with these treasure-filled dumplings!

Experts Nick Liu and Rebecca Chan show us how to ring in the Lunar New Year by treating our tastebuds to a mouthwatering dumpling recipe. If you’re hoping to usher in riches and good fortune for the new year, then this is the recipe for you – shaped like a purse full of treasures, these dumplings are not only delicious, but they are also the ultimate symbol of wealth!



Shrimp Stock

  1. After peeling the shrimp, place the shells in a medium size pot. Add a pinch of salt and just enough water to cover your shells. Tip: For a better stock add some onion, garlic, ginger, and carrot. 
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat. Turn down heat to medium-high and simmer until the liquid reduces to half, approximately 5-10 min. Take your pot off the heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a stainless-steel bowl. Place in fridge to cool before using.


  1. Strain off the dried shrimp discarding the water. Optional: I like to fry off my dry shrimp in a small saucepan with a little canola oil for more flavor.
  2. Combine the dried shrimp and fresh shrimp on a cutting board and chop to a fine mince. Tip: If you have a meat grinder the texture will turn out better and it will take you half the amount of time.
  3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients together, except for the wonton skins, and mix well. 


  1. Place a wonton skin on a clean surface so it looks like a diamond. Place a small amount of wonton mix in the center.
  2. Wet the bottom corner of the wonton skin with water and fold it up to the opposite corner. Press the edges to seal. Wet the two side corners with water and bring them together and press firm to join.
  3. Repeat above until all your wonton mix is used up.
  4. Place wontons on a lined baking tray and place in freezer

Cooking Method

  1. Place a large soup pot of water on the stove top and turn the heat to high. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Carefully put your wontons in the boiling water, stir after 2 min, cook for 5-7 min. Tip: only cook the amount of wontons you want to eat. This recipe makes quite a bit of dumplings.
  3. Carefully pour the pot out into a colander over a sink. Drain the water out and place wontons in a stainless steel. Tip: the water is extremely hot! Be careful not to splatter when pouring the wontons in the colander.


  1. Place the wontons in a stainless-steel bowl and add XO sauce, oyster sauce, chili oil, and Sriracha (if you like heat).
  2. Gently toss and serve on a plate. Garnish with chopped coriander and scallions. Enjoy!