Making your own homemade dumpling wrappers is one of the simplest things you could do. In this guide, you’ll learn how to make dumpling wrappers from scratch like a pro. With only using 2 ingredients, you’ll be able to make thin and tender wrappers perfect for any kind of dumplings.
Now i’m sure you all had dumplings at some point in your life before. Those delicious meat and vegetable filled dumplings with that soft or crispy skin. It is a popular dish to have especially among Asian countries.
And with Lunar New Years happening each and every year, I figured it is probably time to teach you all how to make this delicious dumpling wrapper skin in case you all want to make your very own dumplings.
In this guide, you will learn everything there is know on how to make authentic and delicious dumpling wrappers or (饺子皮) in Chinese.
Why You Should Make Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
Lets be honest, when most people want to make dumplings, they will usually just buy those pre-made dumpling wrappers you can get at any Asian supermarket.
Now there isn’t really anything wrong with that as it does save you a lot of time if you are wanting to make some dumplings. The only problem I have with it is that most of the time, those wrappers are really expensive for the amount that they give you. At least in my city, it usually costs around $5 dollars for a pack of 50 wrappers.
That is pretty expensive.
Plus some of those wrappers depending on what brand you buy may contain a lot of excess ingredients which isn’t really needed in making a dumpling wrapper.
Which is why I like making my own dumpling wrappers from scratch. It is very easy to do, although it does take quite a bit of time.
You’ll also get to know exactly what goes into making these wrappers, so there is no ingredients that’ll surprise you.
But the best reason to make your own homemade dumpling wrappers is that it is a great bonding experience. You can make it with your family or friends and have a terrific time doing so.
Ingredients To Make Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
Making these dumpling wrappers are a very simple thing to do as they only use 2 ingredients to make it.
The ingredients are:
That is basically it! Just two ingredients and you’ll be able to make some delicious dumpling wrappers.
What Flour To Use?
As you know, there are many types of flours out there for you to choose from.
However just using regular all-purpose flour will be fine for this recipe. There is no need for you to buy any special flours like “Dumpling Flour” or anything else.
I would also not recommend buying flour made in China as those types of flours usually are heavily refined or bleached with some unknown additives added to it.
So if you are wanting to make some dumpling wrappers from scratch, just go to your regular supermarket and buy some regular all-purpose flour.
Ratio Of Flour To Water
When making these wrappers, getting the right ratio of ingredients is crucial. If something is too much or something is too little, it can definitely mess up the end result.
What you are looking for is that you’ll want your dough to be nice and soft.
For a good rule of thumb, I would recommend the following ratio:
2 Cups of Flour for every 1/2 Cup of Water
But this is only a general rule of thumb. It doesn’t mean it is always correct. Different brands of flours will mix differently, so you will need to adjust accordingly.
If the dough is too wet, then add a bit more flour. If the dough is too dry or not as soft, add more water.
But generally 2 cups of flour for every 1/2 cup of water should be enough.
That should be able to churn out around 25 to 30 dumpling wrappers.
How To Make Dumpling Wrapper Dough
To make the dumpling wrapper dough is actually a really simple thing to do. It will however take some time, but the result will be fantastic.
Now for this recipe, we are going to need a mixing bowl or a pot to make our dough.
Into the pot, pour in your flour. Then add water slowly while you mix it around.
Once you have added both the flour and water into the bowl and mixed it around, it is time to knead the mixture into a dough.
In my opinion, it is usually best to use your hands to knead.
Once you have kneaded the dough, it should have somewhat of a rough appearance..
Cover the bowl, and let it rest for about 10 to 20 minutes.
The longer you let the dough rest, the softer it will be.
Once your dough has rested, it is now time for the hard part, the actually making of the wrappers.
Shaping The Dough Into Dumpling Wrappers
Now turning the dough into actual dumpling wrappers might be a daunting task for most. And in honesty, it actually is. But once you make a few, it actually gets easier and easier to do.
So it all comes down to practice.
Don’t worry if your wrapper looks funky or oddly shaped. It will still taste fantastic! And the more you practice the better the shape will be.
Here is how you can turn your dough into dumpling wrappers.
Onto a nice and smooth working surface, lightly flour the surface so that the dough doesn’t stick to it.
After that, shape your dough into a nice circle.
Then cut the dough into sections.
Then you’ll want to take each section and roll it into a log shape.
Try to make each log about 1 inch thick.
Then grab a knife and cut the log into many equal sections.
Now is the time to shape the dough sections into your wrappers.
You can shape it as it it already right now, but I have a tip that can make things a lot easier.
Using your palm, gently smash down onto each section so that they are somewhat flattened.
This will make shaping your dough into wrappers a lot easier.
From here you have to shape the flattened dough into a dumpling wrapper.
You can use whatever tool you want to shape it into a flat circle, but my personal opinion is to use a rolling pin. Using a rolling pin makes things so much more easier.
This is where you’ll need a bit of a hand eye coordination to make it look like a circle. And a small trick I can share with you is to simply use both hands to make this wrapper. Use one hand to roll the pin halfway onto the dough and then roll it back. Then use your other hand to rotate the dough a little bit each time you finish rolling.
So it should look like this:
Roll -> Turn -> Roll -> Turn -> Repeat till it looks like a flat circle.
That’s basically it!
You just repeat the steps until you have the desired amount of dumpling wrappers.
It does take quite a bit of time to shape the dough into actual wrappers, but once you get the hang of it, time will pass by quite fast.
Tip: If you are making dumplings by yourself then you’ll want to only make a few wrappers at a time. Then assemble your dumplings. After that, go back to making more wrappers. You don’t want to make too many at a time if you are by yourself because these dumpling wrappers need to be used immediately. If not, then they can turn dry.
What To Do With Leftover Dough?
This is the fun part!
You can do anything you want with the dough.
You can save it for future use, make more wrappers, or even (my personal favorite) is to make noodles with them!
Now you won’t be able to make a lot since obviously this is from a left over dough, but its better than nothing as you never want to waste any food.
Here are some noodles I made with the leftover dough!
How To Store/Keep The Dumpling Wrappers
When you make fresh dumpling wrappers, they have to be used immediately. The reason for this is because if you don’t use them immediately then they can turn dry and become difficult to use.
If you are not going to be using the wrappers anytime soon, then it is best to just freeze them. You’ll want to sprinkle some flour in between each wrapper and place them inside an air-tight plastic bag.
They can be frozen and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Homemade Dumpling Wrappers (饺子皮)
- 2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Grab a pot or a mixing bowl and add in your flour. Then slowly pour in the water while mixing it together. After you have mixed everything and you have no more loose flour, use your hands and knead the mixture. Cover the mixture and let it rest for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- After it has rested, knead it again until it is a smooth dough.
- Cut the dough into sections and roll each section into a log shape. Then using your knife, cut the log shapes into equal smaller sections to make the dumpling wrapper.
- Using your palm, press each section gently to slightly flatten it out into a disc shape. Then grab a rolling pin and roll the dough into a thin disc that resembles a dumpling wrapper. If it starts to stick, dust some flour onto it.
- Use immediately or freeze in the freezer for future use.