Xiao Long Bao | Savory Turkey Chinese Soup Dumplings

Soup Dumplings are a delicate bite, best eaten straight out of the steamer, boasting a delicious meat filling and a flavorful broth. Further, a soft yet delightfully chewy dumpling dough encases the filling and broth, making dumplings ultimately, a comfort food. Soup dumplings are traditionally made with pork, but are versatile, and just as delicious with other meats, like turkey.

Here, we will explain step-by-step how to make our savory turkey soup dumpling recipe. These dumplings are packed with fresh ingredients like lemon, tomato, white wine, and with aromatic herbs and spices like parsley, thyme, garlic and cayenne. Our goal in creating this recipe is to make a filling that is bright and flavorful, but most importantly, a broth that shines and bursts with flavor when eaten. We are confident these dumplings will be enjoyed as they are in our kitchen, with friends and family.

Savory Turkey Soup Dumplings Recipe

Prep Time: 2.5 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 Dumplings


For the Broth
1 Tbsp butter
1 slice bacon, chopped into ½ inch pieces
½ onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced or sliced thin
2 tsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp white wine
1 ¾ cup chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp + tsp agar agar powder (included in our Chinese Soup Dumpling kit)

For the Filling
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp lemon juice
1 ½ tsp sugar
2 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
10 oz ground turkey
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced

For the Dough
1 cup bread flour
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp boiling water
1 ½ tsp canola oilIngredients for Turkey Chinese Soup Dumplings

Step One: Make the Broth "Jewels"

Using a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until the bottom of the pan is evenly coated. Add bacon cooking and stirring frequently, until well-browned and fat is rendered, 3-4 minutes. Add onions to pan and cook until just starting to soften, scraping up any brown bits on bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes.

Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato paste and cook until darkened, about 1-2 minutes. Add wine and deglaze the pan, cooking until the liquid reduces by about half, about 1 minute.

Next, add chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until broth is reduced by half, 7-10 minutes. Lastly, stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Discard solids, salt to taste and let cool for 15 minutes.

Measure 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of broth and return to sauce pan. Over medium-high heat, whisk in agar agar powder until fully dissolved. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Using a 9X13 dish, pour broth into dish and refrigerate for 20-40 minutes or until set. Carefully remove from dish using a rubber spatula or wooden paddle provided in kit. Cut into 1/8” cubes and place in a bowl. Refrigerate until used in filling.

gelatinized broth for xiao long bao turkey chinese soup dumplings

Step Two: Make the Filling

Add all filling ingredients, except turkey, parsley and broth cubes, to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add turkey and mix well until mixture is slightly sticky. Mix in solidified broth cubes and parsley. Set aside in fridge until ready to fill dumplings.

Step Three: Make the Dough

Using a medium size bowl, whisk together the bread flour and all-purpose flour. Create a well in the center of the flour to pour the boiling water.

Using a small saucepan, bring the measured water to a boil. Once boiling, add the oil into the saucepan, and then immediately pour the boiling water into the well in the flour. Stir the flour immediately.

Stir the flour and water mixture until it starts to come together and then press the dough into a ball. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. If the dough is particularly sticky add a pinch or two of flour, and continue to knead until the dough is workable and has a bit of stretch and pliability. The dough will get more stretch as it rests.

Place dough into a zip lock bag, removing any excess air, and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour.

Step Four: Assemble the Dumplings

Remove dough from bag. The dough should be stretchy and when a finger is pushed into the dough, it should slowly spring back. Divide the dough in half, placing one half on a slightly floured surface and the other half back into the plastic bag.

Using both hands, roll the dough back and forth until it resembles a long narrow cylinder 12 inches long. Using a ruler, score the dough on the inch into twelve pieces. Once scored, cut the dough accordingly.

Taking one piece at a time, while covering the remaining pieces with a damp paper towel, roll out the dough into a circle until nice and thin, about 4” in diameter. Ideally the center will be slightly thicker than the edges. Rolling the dough thin is critical in creating pleats and achieving a good seal.

Place a full tablespoon of filling onto the rolled dough. Don’t be shy with the filling as a nice plump dumpling is ideal.

Assembling Xiao Long Bao with Turkey

How to Wrap a Soup Dumpling 

There are two ways to wrap a dumpling. One method involves holding the wrapper (with filling) in a slightly cupped hand, using both sets of index fingers and thumbs to pleat and pinch the rim to form a satchel.

Some may find it easier to leave the dumpling on the countertop and use their right hand, lift the dough with their middle finger and thumb, holding it steady over the filling. Then, using their left hand, bring up the next piece of dough, pleating it as it’s lifted, and then secured with the right hand, which also holds the previous piece(s).

You will notice the right hand index finger isn’t being used, but is rather freed up, to help aid the left hand in pulling and pleating the dough as needed.

Be careful to keep the filling in the center of the wrapper, nudging it to the center as needed. Once all the dough is brought to the top of the dumpling, pinch and twist the top together, making sure it is sealed and secure. When both hands work together it becomes a symbiotic relationship, which helps achieve dumpling success.

Step Six: Steam the Dumplings

Place dumplings onto parchment lined bamboo steamer. Each tray can hold up to 6 dumplings.

Using a pan, skillet or Dutch oven, that is large enough to accommodate the bamboo steamer, place ½  - ¾  inch of water at the bottom.

Check that your dumpling trays have been lined with parchment paper and place entire bamboo steamer into the boiling water.

Steam each batch of dumplings over boiling water on medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes. We have found that 7 minutes is the sweet spot in our kitchen. If checking with a meat thermometer, puncture one of the dumplings off heat. Thermometer should read 165 degrees F or higher.

Once steamed, enjoy straight from the steamer, being careful not to get burned by the hot soup inside.

Xiao Long Bao being in a bamboo steamer

Enjoying the Dumplings

When eaten a soup dumpling has the perfect trifecta of flavors—a delightful soft chew from the cooked dough, a savory flavorful filling, and a hot burst of liquid soup, which, in my opinion, is the best part.

Whether you eat the dumpling in one bite, or drain the broth slurping it first and then eating the rest, there is no right way to eat a soup dumpling. We hope you enjoy this recipe and be sure to pin below to save for later!

Savory Turkey Xiao Long Bao Recipe Pin


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