Pork Dumplings with Walnut Sauce

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins


1/2pound ground pork
2tablespoons chopped cilantro
2tablespoons chopped chive bud
1/4cup toasted and chopped California walnuts
1/4teaspoon garlic powder
1/4teaspoon galangal powder or ginger powder
1/4teaspoon white pepper
1teaspoon salt
25 - 30-- dumpling wrappers
Walnut Sauce
1/2cup toasted and puréed California walnuts
3tablespoons water
1tablespoon rice vinegar
1tablespoon cooking sake
1tablespoon tamari soy sauce


  1. Toasting Walnuts: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast walnuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Dumplings: In a large bowl combine pork, cilantro, chive bud, chopped walnuts, garlic, galangal, white pepper and salt. Take one dumpling wrapper and wet the outer rim lightly with water. With the dumpling skin flat on one hand, place 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the pork mixture in the centre. Fold the wrapper edge up into a taco shape and pinch together while creating pleats on one side of the dumpling. Repeat for remaining filling and wrappers.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the dumplings (2 to 3 batches at a time), then immediately stir them so they don’t stick together. Cook until done (5 to 7 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean tray – do not overlap as dumplings will stick.
  4. Walnut Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the puréed walnuts, water, rice vinegar, cooking sake and tamari. Serve with dumplings.

  5. Crispy Dumplings: In a large non-stick pan, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil and as many dumplings as you can fit in a single layer with spaces between each. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold water to the pan, cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Cook until all the water has evaporated and the bottoms are crispy and golden.

Tip: Substitute pork with ground beef or chicken, if desired.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 140
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 320mg
  • Potassium 80mg
  • Carbohydrate 19g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 6g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 8%