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1. Ravioli from Italy
Small, delicate dumplings created by sealing together two thin layers of pasta sheets – Ravioli is an integral element of Italian cuisine. Stuffed with chopped meat, ricotta cheese and/or vegetables, the ravioli is served slightly al-dente either in a broth or a rich pasta sauce.
2. Pierogi from Poland
The national dish of the Polish, Pierogis are fluffy, pillow-like dumplings that are extremely versatile. They can be stuffed with potato, minced meat, cheese, fruit, sauerkraut(finely chopped fermented cabbage) and even baked into a casserole layered with cheese, bacon and onions.
3. Pelmeni from Russia
The heart of Russian cuisine, the Pelmeni is made of unleavened dough stuffed with a variety of fillings like pork, beef, lamb, fish or mushroom and is usually accompanied with sour cream, butter, mustard or horseradish.
4. Semmelknodel from Bavaria
Soul-satisfying bread dumplings, Semmelknodels are often served as sides, to soak up and devour a rich pork gravy. Usually stuffed with onions, parsley and nutmeg, these boiled dumplings are an inseparable element of Bavarian cuisine.
5. Char Siu Bao from China
A current rage in the city, the bao consists of delicately flavoured, shredded barbeque pork tucked away in a fluffy, steamed bun. This sweet and salty treat is a crowd favourite and a bestseller in most local bakeries in China. It’s also been localised to include vegetarian and chicken versions, served at various eateries in India.
6. Runsas from Germany
A soft, yeast dough bun stuffed with ground beef, cabbage and cheese, Runsas are traditionally served at the Oktoberfest and are a great on-the-go meal. One more reason to visit the Oktoberfest. No?
7. Samosas from India
Of course, this piquant and flavourful street food needs no introduction. Deep fried to perfection, these triangular dumplings are crisp on the outside and are stuffed with a mixture of spiced potatoes and vegetables, served with a tangy chutney at tea time or just about any time of the day.
8. Potstickers from China
What sets these popular dumplings apart from the rest is that they are fried on one side and simmered in broth on the other side. Also known as Jiaozi, these delicious snacks can be dunked in spicy dipping sauce and eaten hot or cold.
9. Empanada from Latin America
Ground beef, hard boiled eggs, olives, chicken, mashed plantain or fruits and custard – Empanadas can be baked or fried and are guaranteed to lift your mood with their flaky outsides and juicy stuffing.
10. Souskluitjies from South Africa
A traditional dessert served to finish off a weekend lunch, Souskluitjies are made of eggs, flour, sugar, butter and baking powder and are usually served with a bowl of sweetened cinnamon sauce. Best when eaten piping hot, these dumplings are a sneak peek into dessert heaven, we think. Simple yet so indulgent!
Although we’ve just touched the top of the dumpling iceberg, the list goes on. Let us know your favourites in the comments below!