Hubby I and love dumplings. Call a cultural thing, but it is a staple in our household. Once in a while I make the dumplings we eat (with a mixture of pork and shrimp) but truthfully, it is so convenient to buy, especially since we found a source for really delicious and (allegedly) no-MSG ones!
But just as important as the dumplings is the dipping sauce... which, in our case, is poured over the dumplings!
My usual recipe -
1/2 cup light soya sauce
1/4 cup hot water, as preferred, or optional
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
chopped green onions, optional
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Just mix everything together.
note, however, that the quality of the soy sauce counts. Sometimes
when the soy sauce is too salty I temper it with hot water. To make the
dip spicy, add chili oil, to taste.