Italian-Chinese Fusion Shrimp Dumplings

Italian-Chinese Fusion Shrimp Dumplings

Happy Chinese New Year! Here in China the whole country has shut down to get ready to celebrate the coming of the year of the Rooster! People are gathering with their family at home making dinner, playing games and watching the famous TV show on CCTV.

Among the many “must have on your table CNY dishes” on of the most traditional one is to homemade Jiaozi (dumplings) with your whole family and serve them at dinner.

I have been following this tradition since my first year in china (10 years ago…) and even this year I have made myself some nice dumplings. This time I went a bit fusion and mixed a bit of Italian with Chinese. The result are these delicious shrimps dumplings. The secret and unexpected ingredient?

Read through the recipe to find out!


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
  • 1 green onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shrimps (peeled and deveined)
  • 60 gr fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 12 wonton wrappers (from a 12-ounce package)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro
    for the dipping sauce
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    1/2 tsp chopped cilantro

Grab some shrimps and chop them finely

Add them in a mixing bowl together with onion, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, salt and sugar

Stir all until combined.

place 1 heaping tsp of shrimp mixture in the centre of each wonton wrapper

then add 1/2 tsp mozzarella cheese (use fresh one)

With a wet finger, moisten edges of wrapper, then bring first 2 opposite corners together

then the other opposite 2, pinching at top to seal

In a skillet heat up 1 tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high. Add dumplings, seam side up

cook until golden brown on bottom, about 1 min

Carefully add 1/2 cup of water, cover with lid and cook until dumplings are tender. About 3 min

Uncover and cook until all water is evaporated

Serve with dipping sauce!

Happy year of the Rooster!



About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.