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“D” is for Dumplings #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

Dumplings are perhaps the most perfect of foods.  Self contained all within that wrapper, there are a myriad of food stuffs that can be crammed within.  A veritable smorgasboard between proteins such as shrimp, pork, and chicken; or various different vegetables.  A combination of all the above, OR, for the true aficionado, SOUP!  Can you imagine that?  A bowl of soup inside a dumpling?!!  What will they think of next?

Dumplings can be steamed, boiled, or even fried.  But, authentic Chinese cuisine NEVER ever fries dumplings (Such an Americanization!!)

Luckily, for us on The Chinese Quest, we have own expert on the subject, the self-proclaimed, Dumpling King, Mini Mee!

For those of you that have never tried soup dumplings, we highly encourage you try them the next time that you see them on the menu.  But beware, a good soup dumpling is HOT!  They should really come with warning labels for those who don’t know what they’re getting in to.  And what they will get in to is a treat sure to tame the savage beast on a cold day.  Or any day.  What a great way to start the meal.

Lest you think that we would ever leave you hanging, and risk your tongue and throats to the potential perils of red hot soup dumplings, we present to you this video on the proper technique to enjoy soup dumplings without burning your mouth and not to miss any tasty drop.

In our very humble opinions, the dumpling is the perfect dish either as an appetizer, or even a meal in and of itself.

Don’t underestimate the power of this little morsel, for the dumpling, which is such a cute sounding name, can pack such a powerful punch.  And a hot one too, if one is eating a soup dumpling.

Dumplings are akin to wontons, and kreplachs.  You see, whether you be Chinese, Jewish, both, or neither, there’s one thing that unites us as one.  The alightly ravioli.  Oops, pierogi.  Oh gosh “D”arnit… DUMPLINGS!!!  Dumplings are the one things that we can all agree on.  And we all agree and we all go ga ga for our dumplings!

Dumplings around China

The Cantonese wonton has a yellow wrapping (made from flour and egg: think pasta sheet) typically filled with minced pork and shrimp.

Shanghainese Dumplings – This type of Chinese dumpling has a white, thicker wrapping (made from flour only) and the filling includes minced pork and Shanghainese bok choy.

Szechuan Dumplings – Known as “Chao Shou” (crossed hands), they also have a white, relatively thick wrapping. Chao Shou is boiled and served in very, very spicy sauce, as in almost all Szechuan cuisine.

A Dumpling by any other name…

  • Shuijiao – literally means water dumpling; boiled dumplings
  • Zhengjiao – steamed dumplings
  • Guotie – Shallow fried dumplings
  • Danjiao – dumplings that instead of dough, uses an egg skin

If you’re so inclined to make your own dumplings, try this “Recipe for Homemade Dumplings”.  If you’re REALLY in a hurry for dumplings, check out the video in this article:  “The Dumpling Cannon”.

Where do you get your dumpling on?

Humbly submtted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

25 comments

  1. What a dumpling sales job! I’m mostly in agreement. I’ve had some bad dumplings in a few restaurants–mostly due to poor quality fillings or lack of fillings–but when done right a dumpling is a hard food to dismiss.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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  2. I love dumplings, but I’m allergic to shellfish so I have to be extremely careful about the contents and how they are prepared.
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  3. This post made me so hungry. I don’t even know of a good place for dumplings near by. Will have to resort to google. Unless you happen to know any Chinese food chains that might be in DE?
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  4. Oooh I love dumplings. Can never get enough of them. Nice post reminding me to get some soon!
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  5. How did I miss this blog! What a GREAT theme! Makes me hungry just reading these posts! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog, Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  6. Mmmm, dumplings! You’re making my mouth water. Love your blog, by the way!

  7. Dumplings are one of the most perfect foods in the universe. Yummy fillings wrapped up in adorable tiny packages waiting to be dipped in some scrumptious sauce or scooped up in delectable broth. Delicious.
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  8. Mmmmmm….dumplings. Now I am hungry. 🙂
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  9. I’ve never been a dumpling fan but maybe I just haven’t had good ones.
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  10. Dumplings, yammy 🙂

    One year, my Chinese friend, me and a few other friends prepared dumplings for the Chinese New Year. My friend said in China it tradition to eat as many dumplings as possible on New Year Day, so we cooked A LOT of them. So good!

    I’ve never even heard of soup dumplings. Going to try them, if I’ll ever find them 🙂
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  11. The Chinese Quest

    ‘D’efinitely ‘D’ebbi!

  12. Sadly, dumplings are one of those things I don’t eat very often– a little too high carb’d on that wonderful wrapper and I’m not sure any of our restaurants here in Reno even serve them. I did eat some on a trip to NYC with a friend who is a local and we went to China Town for Dim Sum. Don’t recall the name of the restaurant though. They were wonderful though.
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