When I need comfort food, one of my favorite go-to items are dumplings. I love pan-fried ones with thicker dough skins stuffed with plump, savory meat and vegetable inside. Dunk them into a chili or soy sauce dipping sauce, and my taste buds dance.
Many cultures eat their own version of dumplings. The Japanese eat gyoza while the Chinese consume wontons and potstickers. Polish cuisine features pierogis, and Latin American countries have empanadas. Italian ravioli and tortellini count, too. After all, they’re all dough stuffed with yummy goodness.
Asian grocery stores and some specialty stores like Trader Joes sell frozen Asian dumplings. While these are convenient, making them yourself is more economical. Plus, they will taste fresher. Make your own wrappers out of all-purpose flour and water or purchase wrappers at the grocery store. Find pre-made wrappers in the refrigerated section, typically by the tofu. Make them by the batch since wrappers and dumplings freeze well.
Proper construction is important to ensure the dumpling stays together. Opt for circle-shaped wrappers, though square-shaped ones can work as well. Do not overstuffed the wrappers or they’ll open while cooking. Use water to seal the wrapper edges. The infographic below includes a step-by-step guide on how to construct and cook dumplings.
Those who celebrate Chinese New Year often include dumplings in meal festivities. These delectable morsels symbolize wealth because they’re in the same shape as historical Chinese silver and gold ingots. So eat as many dumplings as you can! Get started by trying one of these dumpling recipes below. Happy feasting!
How to Make Dumplings + Three Recipes