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How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings?

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Shanghai Soup Dumplings {Xiao Long Bao 小笼包} is one of the classic Huai Yang Style food. It is something between buns {Bao Zi} and dumplings {Jiao Zi}. They look like mini buns, but use unleavened wrappers just like dumplings. We can use the same technique of wrapping buns to wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings with a few watchouts.

Keep reading to learn the step-by-step easy to follow tutorial on how to wrap Shanghai soup dumplings easy and classic.

Freshly Wrapped Shanghai Soup Dumplings
Freshly Wrapped Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Shanghai Soup Dumplings Fun Facts

They are well-liked breakfast dish in China native to the Yangtze River Delta area. Like I said, Shanghai Soup Dumplings look like a mini bun featuring a very thin unleavened wrapper filled with soupy & tasty pork.

Unlike buns, which use yeast to proof the flour to make fluffy wrappers, Shanghai soup dumplings use normal dumpling wrappers made of flour, water, and a bit of salt.

If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer or a pasta machine at home, it is easy to make fresh dumpling wrappers at home.

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 1 is to hold the wrapper and add the filling

Place one wrapper in the middle of the left hand, or the less dominant hand, and add about 2 tsp fillings in the middle of the wrapper. You want to add ample filling so that the soup dumplings taste deliciously meaty. However, you do want to leave enough room for the wrapping.

When visualizing the round wrap with a circle of filling in the middle, the diameter of the filling circle should take up about half of the wrapper’s diameter. In other words, you have around 1/3 of the wrapper around the filling to work with.

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Step 2 is to pleat and pinch the wrapper

Start from the top right corner, while your left hand (less dominant) loosely holds the wrapper with the filling, your right hand (dominant) pleat and pinch the wrapper at the same time.

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How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 3 is to rotate the dumpling and continue to pleat & pinch

Continue to pleat & pinch counter-clockwise. When you are almost halfway through, rotate the wrapper on your left hand clockwise. This way, it is easier for your right hand to fold the remaining wrapper.

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Next is to continue to pleat & pinch in full circle

Continue to pleat while pinching together the wrapper around the outer edge of the wrapper.

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Along the way, use your left thumb to help keep the fillings inside the wrapper.

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Until you have made the round trip, have reached the other side of where you started, and have formed a small opening on the top.

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Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 5 is to close out the small opening on the top

Use your right hand finger tips to pleat and pinch the edge of the small opening continuously in a circular motion. This will help close/seal the small opening gradually and leave a tiny round tip on the bun.

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Hooray! You’ve just wrapped a Shanghai style soup dumpling!

how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings
how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings

How To Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Learn all the tips and tricks on how to wrap Shanghai Soup Dumpings in easy and classic way.

Ingredients

  • Shanghai soup dumpling fillings
  • Homemade soup dumpling wrappers

Instructions

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 1:

  • Place one wrapper in the middle of the left hand, and add about 2 tsp fillings in the middle of the wrapper. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 1

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 2:

  • Start from the top right corner, while your left hand (less dominant) loosely holds the wrapper with the filling, your right hand (dominant) pleat and pinch the wrapper at the same time. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 2

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 3:

  • Continue to pleat & pinch counter-clockwise.how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 3_b
  • When you are almost halfway through, rotate the wrapper on your left hand clockwise. This way, it is easier for your right hand to fold the remaining wrapper. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 3_c

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 4:

  • Continue to pleat while pinching together the wrapper around the edge of the wrapper. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 4
  • Along the way, use your left thumb to help keep the fillings inside the wrapper. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 4_b
  • Until you have made the round trip, have reached the other side of where you started, and have formed a small opening on the top. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 4_c

How to Wrap Shanghai Soup Dumplings Step 5:

  • Use your right hand finger tips to pleat and pinch the edge of the small opening on the top continuously in a circular motion. This will help close/seal the small opening gradually and leave a tiny round tip on the top. how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings step 5
  • All done! Hooray! You’ve just wrapped a Shanghai style soup dumpling! how to wrap shanghai soup dumplings

Notes

Recommended Ingredients:

Organic all-purpose flourorganic unrefined cane sugar, Himalayan pink saltAvocado oil.

Recommended Kitchen Tools & Gadgets:

KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Stand Mixer Pasta Making AttachmentManual Pasta Machine.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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