Not one but two delicious dumpling dipping sauces, that are super easy to make and are perfect for homemade dumplings or make it easy for yourself and get store-bought dumplings, as I did in this particular case. I can never make them look as pretty so that something for next time.

Chinese dumpling dipping sauce

Dumpling dipping sauce

Now for making the perfect dumpling dipping sauce you need Chinese black vinegar and NOT regular soy sauce. Soy sauce is too heavy for the Chinese dumplings and will overpower the taste. The vinegar is perfect for dim sum in all shapes and sizes. I’ve got to confess that I had not tried using black vinegar before but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. You can simply use the black vinegar as it is (I use Chinkiang vinegar) as it is already a perfect sauce. But I did make two delicious variations that are easy to make and will give you a sweeter variant and a spicy one.

What do you need for the dumpling dipping sauces

You need only a handful of ingredients for making the dipping sauces. Obviously the base of the sauce is the Chinese black vinegar but for the rest it’s a pretty easy dumpling sauce recipe to make. I used the below ingredients for both versions:

Dumpling dipping sauce
  • Chinkiang vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Honey
  • Garlic cloves

For the spicy version I used:

  • Chinkiang vinegar
  • Crispy chili oil
  • fresh ginger
  • sesame oil

Sweet version

For the sweet version of the dipping sauce I used tomato ketchup and honey. The tomato ketchup is obviously not very traditional but it does give a nice flavor to the easy sauce. You can replace the honey with a bit of brown sugar if you want. I used raw garlic as an additional flavor maker. I had this dumpling dipping sauce with both soup dumplings as well as pot stickers. If you taste the dipping sauce without the dumplings you might feel that it is too much vinegar, but once combined with the dim sum and dumplings it is the best dipping sauce!

Dumpling dipping sauce

Spicy version

For the spicy version I used my latest addiction: crispy chili oil. You can use your own homemade chili oil or you can replace the crispy chili oil with red pepper flakes and a bit of oil. Apart from that it has fresh ginger and sesame oil. You can serve it with a bit of extra sesame seeds on top of the dipping sauce if you want. But that’s just for looks. I love eating this with spring rolls but any of your favorite homemade dumpling recipe will be delicious with this spicy dipping sauce.

Dumpling types

Now obviously there are many different types of dumplings and you will have to decide for yourself which one will be most delicious with which dipping sauce. Most of the fresh ingredients are common ingredients so you should be able to find those in any grocery store. As for the Chinese black vinegar (which is essential for these dipping sauces) you will either find it in a grocery store or in the Asian supermarket. It kind of depends where you live.

Dumpling dipping sauce

How are Dumplings served in China?

Traditionally dumplings or dim sum are served in China with black vinegar and a teaspoon sesame oil. You will find the black vinegar in a Chinese restaurant as well.

If I can’t find the Chinese black vinegar can I replace it with soy sauce?

No the flavor of the soy sauce is too overpowering and will not get the best flavor out of the dumplings. The black vinegar is widely used in Chinese cuisine.

What else can I use the black vinegar with?

Bought a bottle and not sure what to do with the rest? You can use the black vinegar in stir fry dishes or in soup recipes. Almost in the same way as you would use any other kind of vinegar. It gives a tangy note to many different dishes.

How to make dumplings

Since I am not very good in making dumplings, I thought I show you a video of someone who is. Check below on how to make your own! Or check my attempt on making potstickers myself.

Dumpling dipping sauce

Dumpling dipping sauces

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Two delicious and easy to make dumpling dipping sauces
Decorative clock showing preparation time
Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes

1 portion


Sweet versions

  • 100 ml Chinese black vinegar Chinkiang vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp garlic grated

Spicy version

  • 50 ml Chinese black vinegar Chinkiang vinegar
  • 1 tsp crispy chili oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger grated

How to make the dumpling dipping sauce

  • For both of the dipping sauce you simply add the ingredients together and mix them well.
  • Serve the dipping sauces along side your favorite dumplings.


The nutritional value is for both dipping sauce combined.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist