Pork and Chives Dumpling Filling Recipe

Photograph: Chichi Wang

Note: for instructions on how to stuff dumpling skins, check out the recipe here. Chinese chives can be found in most Chinese grocers. If unavailable, substitute a mixture of sliced regular chives and finely sliced scallions.

Recipe Facts


Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Makes: 40 dumplings

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound Chinese chives, finely sliced (see note)
  • 1/2 pound fatty ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons pork stock or water
  • about 1 teaspoon ginger, minced or grated with a microplane grater


  1. Mix all ingredients well in a medium-sized mixing bowl. To taste for seasoning, place a 1/2 teaspoon-sized amount of filling on a microwaveable plate and microwave until cooked, about 10 seconds. Taste, then adjust mixture with more salt or sugar. If not using immediately, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to use, up to 24 hours.

  2. To make and cook dumplings, follow this recipe for homemade dumplings, starting with step 4.

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