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Steamed Pork Belly Dumplings with Brown Butter


These manti or steamed pork dumplings are sure to be a hit with family and friends at your next dinner party or celebratory gathering. Enjoy a dumpling party and make them with your family and friends for a fun and unique gathering that everyone is sure to love. Perfect for Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, these dumplings will feed a crowd a hearty and savory appetizer.

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  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups "00" pasta flour, plus more for dusting
  • 8 ounces pork belly, skin removed, finely chopped, about 1 cup
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 20 small pieces
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • cilantro leaves, to garnish


Servings 20
Preparation time 50mins
Cooking time 105mins
Adapted from


Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg with 2⁄3 cup water, then stir in the flour to form a dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine the pork belly with the onion and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the filling until ready to use.

Working with 1 dough ball at a time, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces (each about 1 ounce). Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a 5-inch circle. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle and top with a small piece of butter. Pull up the “east” and “west” points of the round and pinch them firmly together above the filling. Repeat with the “north” and “south” points, creating an “X” shape of pinched dough. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds to form 20 dumplings total.

In a bamboo steamer set over 1 inch of simmering water in a wok, arrange the dumplings in a single layer on each steamer shelf and steam until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium and cook until deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the dumplings to a serving platter and drizzle the hot brown butter over the top. Sprinkle the dumplings with cilantro leaves and serve while hot.

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