Free Range Pork Dumplings w/ Charred Cos Lettuce

If you’re after a light, healthy and delicious lunch, look no further! Our Pork & Kaffir Lime dumplings paired with charred cos lettuce is the perfect meal for any season. The fresh flavours of kaffir lime and lemongrass in the dumplings are the perfect contrast for the delicious charred lettuce. It’s all topped off with Mum’s Sauce to bring the dish together! 

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Cos lettuce is the next big thing!

Although grilling lettuce may seem a bit out of the ordinary, you really can’t knock it until you try it. The chargrilled, smoky flavour of the cos lettuce really brings another element to the vegetable that pairs so perfectly with pan fried dumplings! Unlike other roasted or grilled vegetables that can take all evening to get right, lettuce takes less than 6 minutes to cook to perfection. Although you can use any type of lettuce that tickles your fancy, we used baby cos lettuce. It keeps its crunch even after being grilled! Cos lettuce peaks in winter, but remains available throughout summer, so this is the perfect salad recipe to keep on hand all year long. 

Our ethically made pork dumplings are a taste of Vietnam

Our Pork & Kaffir Lime dumplings give you a taste of Vietnam with lime, lemongrass and galangal flavours in a spinach pastry dumpling. We use heritage breed free-range pork from Woody’s Farm in the Wairarapa in our dumplings to make sure that our products not only taste great, but they’re the best quality too! Woody’s Farm is a family owned business that’s focused on ethical farming. At House of Dumplings, we try to source the best local ingredients for all of our dumplings. Ethically made, locally owned produce are our bread and butter! You’ll see this in each flavour of dumpling that we sell! It’s important to us that our customers are getting the best of the best and we love working with Woody’s Farm to make these delicious pork dumplings. 

They’re ready in 5 minutes

To cook our dumplings, you must thaw them on the bench for thirty minutes to an hour before cooking. Once thawed, all you need to do is heat some vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat and pan fry each side for 2-3 minutes! All of our dumplings are pre-steamed, so we do the hard yards for you. They’re the perfect easy meal to have in your freezer for days where you want something delicious and healthy, but don’t want to spend a long time in the kitchen! 

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Don’t forget the finishing touches

To finish off the dish and bring all the flavours together, we use Mum’s Sauce. This is Vicky’s mum’s super special recipe and is not to be missed. Mum’s Sauce lifts up any dumpling, noodle or rice dish to the next level. Not only is it vegan, but it is handmade in New Zealand. It pairs perfectly with the House of Dumplings Chilli Oil, which combines NZ grown cold-pressed rapeseed oil with Szechuan peppercorns. The combination of these two flavours brings out the flavour of the chargrilled lettuce to create a smoky, tangy, spicy dish that will become your new favourite! 

To garnish this dish, we recommend fried crispy shallots. You can find these at some supermarkets, or at your local Asian grocer! They are an essential addition to many Asian dishes and can be found in many soups, salads and noodle recipes. They add a crunch and an onion-y flavour that really takes this recipe to the next level!

Charred Baby Cos w Sauces

Lime & Lemongrass Pork Dumplings w/ Charred Cos Lettuce

If you’re after a light, healthy and delicious lunch, look no further!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 2


  • 1 Fresh Grower Baby Cos Lettuce - charred
  • 1 tbsp The Good Oil
  • 1 pack of House of Dumplings Viet Kaffir lime & Lemongrass Pork dumplings
  • House of Dumplings Mum's sauce
  • House of Dumplings Chili oil
  • Fried Shallots to garnish


  • Leave your Pork and Kaffir Lime dumplings to thaw on the bench for approx. an hour.
  • Cut lettuce into quarters.
  • Heat a chargrill pan over medium heat. Brush cos lettuce quarters with olive oil and grill, cut side down, for 2-3 minutes until charred. Turn and grill the other side for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place lettuce on a plate and set aside.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to same pan over a medium heat. Pan fry dumplings for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  • Serve dumplings alongside the charred lettuce. Pour over a generous drizzle of Mum's Sauce and as much chilli oil as you'd like. Garnish with fried shallots and enjoy!


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