In the wake of holiday indulgences and rich and heavy meals, this Asian-inspired Dumpling Soup is the perfect antidote.
It’s a light brothy bowl of comfort that’s packed with fresh, vibrant flavors, yet it doesn’t weigh you down.
In the past we created our Wonton Soup with bok choy and chili oil, and loved this classic restaurant staple.
This time around, looking for some light dinner, we found a huge bag of frozen dumplings in the freezer and decided to make some cozy bowl of soup, as temperatures here in Florida dropped down to the low 60’s. (Yes, pretty low for my warm blood)
The combination of earthy shiitake mushrooms, zesty ginger, aromatic garlic, and crisp carrots creates a nourishing foundation. The light, savory broth, infused with soy sauce, hoisin, and a hint of chili, offers a gentle heat that’s so heart warming. Floating amidst are tender dumplings, offering a satisfying heartiness without the heaviness.
Try our version of Easy Dumpling Soup, which is cozy, refreshing and perfect contender as light meal option after the holiday feasting.
You Will Love This Soup as Much as We Do For
Comforting and Cozy: Dumpling soup is total comfort food, providing a warm and cozy feeling, especially during colder months.
Flavorful: The combination of ingredients like ginger, garlic, and scallions creates a flavorful broth. The umami from shiitake mushrooms and the savory taste of the dumplings make each bite satisfying.
Versatility: It can be easily customized to suit different tastes or dietary preferences. Vegetarians can substitute with vegetable stock and veggie dumplings, while meat-lovers can enjoy a variety of dumpling fillings.
Easy to Prepare: This soup is relatively easy and quick to make, especially with the convenience of frozen dumplings. It’s ideal for a quick weeknight dinner or a simple yet impressive meal for guests.
Balanced Meal: It offers a good balance of vegetables, protein (from the dumplings), and broth, making it a wholesome and complete meal.
Appeals to All Ages: Its mild yet tasty flavor profile is appealing to both adults and children, making it a family-friendly meal option.
- Neutral Oil: Ideal for sautéing without adding extra flavor.
- Aromatics: Fresh ginger and garlic, essential for creating a flavorful base.
- Vegetables: Sliced shiitake mushrooms and julienned carrots add umami and sweetness. Snow peas add a crisp texture.
- Scallions: Used both in cooking and as a garnish.
- Liquid Base: Chicken or vegetable stock forms the soup’s foundation.
- Flavor Enhancers: Soy sauce for saltiness, hoisin sauce for sweetness and tang, rice vinegar for mild acidity, and sesame oil for a nutty flavor.
- Heat Element: Chili oil adds a spicy kick.
- Dumplings: These are the star of the dish. Choose your preferred filling (pork, chicken, vegetable, etc.)
Dumpling Soup Recipe
1. Sauté: In a soup pot, heat oil and sauté shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, carrots, and white parts of scallions.
2. Prepare Broth: Add chicken stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, chili oil, and sesame oil. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add Dumplings and Snow Peas: Stir in frozen dumplings, cook as per package instructions. Add snow peas in the last couple of minutes.
4. Final Touches: Adjust seasoning if needed. Garnish with green scallion parts, and serve immediately.
Mind the Cooking Time for Dumplings: Pay special attention to the cooking time of the dumplings. Overcooking can make them too soft and mushy, while undercooking will leave them hard in the center. Follow the package instructions carefully, and consider testing one dumpling before adding the rest to ensure the cooking time is just right for your specific brand or type of dumplings.
Consider the Dumpling Filling: The type of dumplings you choose can significantly impact the overall flavor of the soup. Experiment with different fillings like pork, chicken, shrimp, or vegetable to find what best suits your taste. Each variety brings its unique flavor, which can subtly change the taste of the soup.
Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like bok choy, spinach, or bean sprouts for added nutrition and flavor variety.
Customize Heat Level: Adjust the amount of chili oil based on your preference for spiciness. Start with a little and add more as needed.
Leftovers and Storing
Dumpling Soup is great as leftovers. If possible, store the broth and dumplings separately. This prevents the dumplings from becoming too soggy.
Place the leftover soup in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze the soup. However, note that the texture of the vegetables and dumplings might change slightly upon thawing. Freeze in airtight containers.
Reheating: If frozen, thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight. Warm the soup gently over medium heat. If the dumplings were stored separately, add them back to the soup just before it’s fully heated to avoid overcooking. For a quick option, reheat in the microwave. Use a microwave-safe container and cover it loosely. Stir occasionally to ensure even heating.
Upon reheating, you might want to adjust the seasoning, as flavors can change slightly after storage. Adding a splash of soy sauce or a sprinkle of fresh scallions can refresh the taste.
There you have it, your very own Asian-Inspired Dumpling Soup. Simple to make, yet rich in flavor, it’s the perfect dish to gather around the table with family, or to enjoy a quiet, comforting meal by yourself.
May this soup warm your heart as much as it warms your bowl.
Dumpling Soup, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup carrot, julienned
- 3 scallions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp chili oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1.5lb bag frozen dumplings (potstickers or mini potstickers)
- 4oz snow peas
- Heat oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Sauté sliced mushrooms for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for a minute.
- Add carrot and white parts of scallions, sauté for a minute.
- Add chicken stock along with soy sauce, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, chili oil, sesame oil. Bring it to boil and lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add frozen dumplings and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are cooked through (consult package directions).
- Add the snow peas and cook for couple of minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings like soy or chili oil according to your taste.
- Remove from heat and garnish with green parts of scallions. Serve immediately.
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