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Eat your way around Asia in 8 dumplings

Published February 8th, 2016

Today marks Chinese New Year, a centuries-old festival that celebrates the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar, as well as being a time to honour deities and ancestors. The New Year festival is celebrated all over the world, with the biggest festivals going down in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.

For those of you who aren’t too versed in Chinese culture (2016 is the year of the monkey, 8 is lucky number – just FYI), we’ve put together a different way to appreciate Asian culture; through your tastebuds with this list of delectable dumplings from all around Asia.

When it comes to dumplings, all roads lead to China. But Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Nepal have some dumpling love to bring to the table too.

Xiao Long Bao

Like a tasty soup? This dumpling has it all with its juicy liquid and pork meat based filling.

Shanghai's quintessential snack, #xiaolongbao aka. soup dumplings✨

A photo posted by Martha Huynh (@marthahuynh) on

Haam Sui Gok

Ever been to Yum Cha? (No? Stop what you’re doing and head to your nearest Chinatown immediately!) These deep-fried dumplings usually make an appearance. Their crisp-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside texture is addictive!

Won Ton

Your classic versatile dumpling, most commonly seen bopping up and down in a noodle soup. They’re like the Chinese version of wholesome chicken soup when you’re feeling unwell.

Har Gow

Like shrimp? Chances are you’ve come across this dim sum dumpling classic before. How good is that chewy starchy casing drizzled in soy and chilli paste!

Some serious nompling skills from da boop @rahrahhhhh @sanrio @hellokitty #handmade#hargow A photo posted by Reynold Poernomo (@reynoldpoer) on


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Gyoza

Japan’s ode to the dumpling, you can get these bad boys pan fried or steamed from just about any sushi, ramen or Japanese restaurant.

A photo posted by Masaki Higuchi (@higuccini) on

White Rose

A speciality dumpling only available in Hoi An, Vietnam. The name ‘white rose’ was apparently given to these delicate, translucent dumplings by the French.

One family churns out the secret white rose dumplings for all of Hoi An in a 300 year old #UNESCO house #whiterosedumpling #hoian A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀merrydeath (@merrydeath) on

Momo

Cute name, but these the Tibetan and Nepalese version of the dumpling is a hearty affair with its thicker, breadier form. Typically stuffed with beef or yak and sometimes spiced with Sichuan peppercorns – another ode to the Chinese.

Mandu

The Korean dumpling comes boiled, steamed or pan fried and a tasty surprise of either pork, beef, kimchi or fish is found inside.

#mandu #koreandumplings #lunch A photo posted by saori (@saoringo_0130) on

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.