This simple recipe is from BBC Bitesize. You could use this craft to celebrate Chinese New Year in your setting with the children.

Dumpling making steps

For the dough

  • 140g plain flour
  • 125ml water

For the filling

  • Finely chopped vegetables
  • You could include: spinach, spring onions, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • salt and pepper


  1. Stir the water into the flour until mixed - add more water if the mixture seems dry.
  2. Knead the dough with your hands and add a little bit of flour if it’s sticky.
  3. Put the dough in a bowl, covered with a clean, damp towel, and let it rest for around 20 minutes.
  4. After resting, tear the dough into sixteen equal-sized pieces and flatten them into round flat pancakes.
  5. Add all of the filling ingredients into a bowl; and mix together.
  6. Place a spoonful of filling into of each pancake and add a little bit of water to the edges of the pancakes.
  7. Fold the dough in half and pinch the edges together with your fingers.
  8. An adult will then need to boil a pan of water, to then add the dumplings and put on the lid.
  9. Boil the dumplings for three to four minutes and then serve.
  10. *Optional* You could add a little dish of soy sauce for dipping, as seen in the image above.

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