Food and Drinks

Inside China podcast: the story of dumplings

The story of dumplings is the story of the globalisation of Chinese cuisine

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 August, 2018, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2018, 4:34pm

Take a journey from Beijing to Shanghai, Hong Kong and down the ancient Silk Road to discover who invented dumplings – and how a traditional Chinese medicine cure evolved into a meal enjoyed around the world.

The story of dumplings is the story of how a cure for frostbite invented during the Han dynasty went global and fuelled an industry that is estimated to be worth US$24 billion by the year 2021, according to a report by industry analysts Technavio.


Featured interviewees:

Lu Hongbin; Du Yichu restaurant, Beijing

Hu Wei-I; Wan Shou Zai restaurant, Shanghai

Wang Hong Chun; Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Dr Dai Zhaoyu, senior lecturer, School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University

Meenu Tangilama Gurung; Annapurna Restaurant, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Jin Lin Liu; Black Sesame Kitchen, Beijing; author of The Noodle Road

Olena Smith; Dacha Restaurant, Central Hong Kong

Ringo Wong; Cuisine Cuisine, Mira Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong