Dumplings From Foreign Countries (Ⅱ)

Like the Chinese, many foreigners also eat dumplings on traditional festivals. However, their ways of making and eating dumplings are different from each other. Japan, Korea, and Vietnam also have dumplings due to the influence of Chinese culture, but they usually refer to fried dumplings.

Dumplings are also served in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Turkey, Italy, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. Especially in Italy, Ukraine and Russia, dumplings are also an important national traditional food for them.

In Afghanistan, it is called Mantu, while in Armenia and Georgia it is known as Khinkali. In Mongolia it is Buuzas, in Japan it is Gyoza. While in Korea it is called Mandu. In Ukraine, it is Varenyky and in Poland Pierogi. In Italian it is tortellini and ravioli. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is called Klepe.

Now, let’s get to know some other foreign dumplings in Asia:

  • Russian dumplings – Pelmeni

The Russian dumplings are stuffed with beef, carrot, egg, scallion, salt and monosodium glutamate, but they also add some pepper powder to the stuffing, and the size is large, they cook dumplings with soup made from beef bones. However, drinking boiled dumpling soup is the first course, eating dumplings is the second course.

  • Kazakhstan dumplings – Manti/Mantu:

The Kazakh-style dumpling is steamed dumpling, which steamed in a medium sized pot. Kazakhstan dumplings are usually stuffed with lamb or beef, spices and black pepper. After steaming, pour butter, sour cream or onion sauce on the dumplings and serve.

  • Turkey dumpling – Manti

Manti is a traditional and widespread boiled dumpling dish in Turkish cuisine. Traditionally it is served with a yogurt sauce and red pepper or tomato sauce.

  • Indian dumplings – Samosa:

The ingredients and methods are similar to Russian dumplings, except that the size is large. Not boiled to eat, but baked to eat. There are also triangular dumplings that are fried, vegetarian stuffing, such as potatoes and peas.

  • Korean dumplings,

Korean dumplings, known as mandu or mandoo, are a traditional food that’s easy to make. These tasty little dumplings are stuffed with a mixture of meat and/or vegetables.This mandu recipe is made with ground beef or pork, onion, cabbage, tofu, and mung bean noodles. The assembled dumplings can be boiled, deep-fried, pan-fried, steamed, or baked in the oven.

Versatile and delicious, the dumplings are substantial enough for a main dish but also good as a snack or appetizer or a mess-free lunch. Mandu is often prepared by families as part of Korean Lunar New Year festivities and is considered a symbol of good luck for the coming year.

  • Vietnamese Dumplings – Bánh nậm or Bánh bột lọc

Bánh nậm is a traditional Vietnamese dumpling. The dumpling wrapper is made with a combination of rice and tapioca flour, sugar, and salt, while the filling consists of shrimps, minced pork, salt, pepper, sugar, shallots, annatto oil, and green onions.

The rectangular and flat dumplings are wrapped in banana leaves, then steamed. When served, bánh nậm is traditionally accompanied by fish sauce for dipping on the side. They are delicious, chewy, fresh, and very light.

  • Japanese dumplings – Gyoza:

After World War II, dumplings were brought to Japan from mainland China, where they were known as Gyoza. Japanese dumplings generally belong to pot stickers (fried dumplings), Japanese people generally do not take it as a staple food, but order another bowl of rice, dumplings as a side dish to eat.

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