A Brief History of Dumplings

One of the most renowned foods throughout the world, Chinese dumplings are beloved by many for their uniqueness, delicious taste, and customizability. With fillings that can include anything from pork and beef to tofu and fruit, dumplings continue to be prepared in a myriad of different ways, however, there weren’t always so many interpretations of the dish. In today’s blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at the origins of Chinese dumplings, including where they came from and when. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information, or for fun dumpling-related events in greater Boston, contact us at Patty Chen’s Dumpling School!

The Birth of Dumplings

The exact origin of the dumpling is clouded in mystery and uncertainly, though most historians would agree that it originated sometime around 200 BCE, during the Han Dynasty. Hundreds of years prior to this time, the Chinese had begun to produce wheat and noodles, which helped lay the groundwork for the invention of the dumpling. Even early on in its infancy, dumplings were said to have been made with savory fillings such as lamb, and later, pork, which has since become a staple filling of dumplings.

Continued History

After their initial prominence in China, dumplings would take on a life of their own when Cantonese immigrants arrived in America, bringing dumpling recipes with them. This has helped dumplings become massively popular in America, and such success continues to this day. There are so many iterations of dumplings that one can enjoy in America, including here in greater Boston!

Contact Patty Chen’s Dumpling School for Events & More!

Located at 85 Windsor Street Cambridge, MA 02139, Patty Chen’s Dumpling School is your place for dumpling parties, classes, events, and more! Interested in learning more? Just get in touch with us by calling (617) 901-5159 or emailing us at dumplingschool@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you here!

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