As we reported on Monday, one of the dumpling's most impressive qualities — and a reason it warrants an entire week of stories from NPR — is its near global reach. From Warsaw to Wuhan to Washington, D.C., cooks have transformed ordinary lumps of dough into delightful little packages with hidden surprises inside.
While the dumpling world has its global superstars — the pot sticker and the tortellini among them — many dumplings are known only regionally. And we'd argue that it's these lesser-known varieties, like the Cherokee grape dumpling and the Russian pelmeni, that best exemplify the true universality of the dumpling. And so here we've tried to classify the world's dumplings by region, method of cooking, filling and size to give you a sense of just how many diverse forms this humble little food can take.
Will everyone agree that all of these deserve the name dumpling? No. As our dumpling expert panel demonstrated, there's some fudge room in the definition. That's why we've called some of these dumplings "disputable."
Is this an exhaustive list of the world's dumplings? No. We're told by Chinese food expert Fuschia Dunlop that there are restaurants in China that serve as many as 300 different kinds of dumplings — which means this list is only scratching the surface of the dumplings Asia alone has to offer.
But since we found no great list of the world's dumplings on the Internet, we decided to start our own. And we need your help. We want to add more dumplings to this list, especially from underrepresented parts of the world. So please send us information about the dumplings we're missing — and a photo, too, if you've got one — so we can add it to our list. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll add them and release an update to this list sometime in September. Together, we may just be able to create the greatest list of dumplings the Internet has ever known.