Dumplings Around the World

Michal Stein posted a picture of a huge collection of dumplings on Twitter. Enough to make your mouth water! According to Wikipedia, the definition of a dumpling is:

…a broad class of dishes that consist of pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources), often wrapped around a filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour, buckwheat or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, tofu, cheese, vegetables, fruits or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering or steaming and are found in many world cuisines.

While there are a lot of dumplings in this picture, people came in to add their favorite dumplings from all over the world. This made for a very long Twitter thread where you might find new dumplings to try. These include pangsit goreng, knish, knedlíky, khinkali, knedle, knödel, marillenknödel, semmelknödel, samosa, keke pu’a, manti, mantu, mandu, vetkoek, momo, pierogi, ravioli, ukdiche modak, coxinhas, pelmeni, empanadas, thüringer klöße, vareniki, and Jamaican fried dumplings.

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The Twitter thread has quite a few arguments over whether samosas are dumplings. Why not? Are egg rolls dumplings, or is there a limit to how many dishes from a cultural cuisine can be called dumplings? But more people objected to the lettuce dish than to anything else.

Thanks to the word “often” in the definition, the American dish called chicken and dumplings still fits the definition, even though the dough is added to chicken stew instead of being wrapped around the meat. Fried pies and Hot Pockets would also fit the definition. Someone suggested that the crimped sandwiches called Uncrustables are dumplings. No, not unless you cook them. Has anyone ever deep-fried an Uncrustable? -via Everlasting Blort

Source: neatorama

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