Fried gyoza dumplings with soy sauce. Dumplings feature in many cuisines, but with no agreed-upon history or definition, the only thing that ties them together is that they are made from common ingredients found on hand. Photo: Shutterstock
Fried gyoza dumplings with soy sauce. Dumplings feature in many cuisines, but with no agreed-upon history or definition, the only thing that ties them together is that they are made from common ingredients found on hand. Photo: Shutterstock

Dumplings – what defines the parcels found in Asian, European, African and Latin American cuisines? Nothing, actually

  • From wontons to samosas to chimichangas and even calzone pizza, many foods can be considered dumplings, with no universally agreed-upon definition or origin
  • While some shapes and flavours moved along ancient trade routes, what ties all dumplings together is that they’re made from common ingredients

Fried gyoza dumplings with soy sauce. Dumplings feature in many cuisines, but with no agreed-upon history or definition, the only thing that ties them together is that they are made from common ingredients found on hand. Photo: Shutterstock
Fried gyoza dumplings with soy sauce. Dumplings feature in many cuisines, but with no agreed-upon history or definition, the only thing that ties them together is that they are made from common ingredients found on hand. Photo: Shutterstock
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