Dumplings can be found all over the world
Dumplings can be found all over the world

Around The World In 6 Dumplings

Be it steamed momos in Nepal or fried empanadas in Spain, samosas in India or pan-fried gyoza in Japan the humble dumpling is found all over the world in some form or the other

I love dumplings. There I said it. What's not to love about them, right Fried, steamed, boiled, soupy, sweet, savoury - each and every style is delicious and a meal in itself. Almost each country has a version of some form of dumpling. Southeast Asia to Europe, South America to India&nbspthe flour, water and oil batter (usually with some regional changes) is celebrated with stuffings of all different sorts. As we all know that food binds people together, why not a dumpling or its far-reaching cousin, right We let you travel around the world, one dumpling at a time

Gyoza from Japan 

When we think of dumplings, the Gyoza definitely comes to mind. This dumpling from Japan is pan-friend and are meat stuffed little pockets of heaven. The thin wrappers are stuffed with ground meat (usually pork), chives, cabbage, ginger, soy, sesame oil among others. Some think of the gyoza as pot stickers but unlike the latter, these are smaller and more delicate. First, the bottom of the gyoza is pan fried till nice and brown, then the top part is steamed. The dumplings are then served with a dipping sauce made of soy, ginger and vinegar. The Chinese cousin of the Gyoza is the Jiaozi. 

The gyoza is the Japanese version of dumplings, consumed with soy sauce[/caption]

Momos from Tibet and Nepal

Very popular in India, the humble momo is now being served with various kinds of stuffings, including chocolate The momo is a small steamed bun with meat or vegetable stuffing with its origins in Tibet and Nepal, popular in the Indian regions like Ladakh, Darjeeling and Sikkim. Today, the momo has taken over India and can be found in high-end restaurants and roadside stalls. Traditionally, in the mountain regions where it originated, yak or buffalo meat would be used as stuffing but in India, elaborate vegetarian options are also served. Don't forget the hot and spicy tomato-chilly chutney or the 'momo sauce' served on the side

Originally from Tibet and Nepal, the momos have taken over India[/caption]

Polish pierogis

When in Poland, don't forget to try these delicious small dumplings. Sweet or savoury, they will leave you wanting more. Once the stuffing is wrapped in uneven dough, the pierogis are boiled till cooked through, then served with a topping that can range from melted butter, sour cream to chives etc. The stuffing can range from meat to cheese, potato to fruit. Did you know it's Poland's most-beloved dish 

When in Poland, pierogis are a must[/caption]

Italian ravioli

Who can not go to Italy and not eat ravioli, correct The dough sheet is spread out long and thin. Another rectangular sheet is laid on top, while small portions of fillings are&nbspspaced out. The fillings can range from cheese to spinach and mushrooms, tomato to shrimp, or anything under the sun. The pockets are cut out, then boiled till they start floating (that's how you know they are done), and then served with a sauce. Marinara is most common but my favourite is burnt butter with sage and garlic

Don't forget to indulge in delicious raviolis in Italy[/caption]

Empanadas from Spain

The humble empanada is very popular in Spain, Portugal and South America. Originally from Galicia, these little flaky pastries are mouthwatering and deelish. The little pocket is made by folding the dough around the stuffing which can range from meat, seafood, vegetables to even fruits. They are then deep fried or baked till the crust is flaky. They are wildly popular and a perfect snack when hungry

Street style snacking aka empanadas[/caption]

Indian samosas

What an empanada is to Spain is the samosa to India. The dough usually has a filling of potatoes, peas, spices then its sealed in and deep fried in hot oil. The piping hot fried snack is best enjoyed in the rains with chai and gossip on the the side

Have you ever tried a samosa[/caption]

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