Dumplings are something that is enjoyed across the globe in our modern world, but they first gained popularity in China. Because of their diverse history, dumplings come in a variety of styles. Each style features a different taste, texture, and appearance. Certain styles are traditionally paired with different meals and learning more than one dumpling style is essential if you’d like to incorporate them into your cooking.
4 Styles of Dumplings
This crescent-shaped dumpling is the most common Chinese dumpling. An opaque wheat dough wrapper is used to hold the pork, scallions, and cabbage. There is a traditional dipping sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil that compliment the flavors in the dumpling filling without overwhelming it.
2. Har Gao
This dumpling is either oval or crescent-shaped with a wrapper made from wheat and tapioca starch. Har Gao dumplings are filled with pork fat, shrimp, and bamboo shoots before being steamed. These dumplings hold a smooth and stretchy consistency, with 7-10 pleated folds along the exterior. As the dumplings are steamed the pork fat becomes liquid creating a very juice filling.
3. Bao Zi
Unlike the last two dumplings we mentioned, Bao Zi dumplings don’t have a thin translucent wrapper. Instead, thick wheat dough creates a bun-like appearance. The filling in Bao Zi dumplings can vary from barbecued pork to red bean paste, to sweet yellow custard and much more! You can make your own unique flavor using tofu, chicken, pork, pineapple, mushroom, and more.
Wontons are a traditional Japanese style of dumpling that can be served steamed, fried, or boiled. The dough used is reminiscent of Italian ravioli, only thinner. The dough is cut into small squares before the filling is placed in the center of each square. Ground pork or shrimp are the most common fillings used in wontons, but other varieties can be found depending on your location. The dough is crimped or folded along the top to hold the filling in as the dumpling is cooked. Unlike many other dumplings, there is not a right or wrong way to close the top of wontons. Wontons filled with ground beef are usually fried.
Learning to make each of these four dumpling styles is challenging at first, but achievable for almost anyone. The quickest way to learn and to ensure you’re following traditional dumpling making methods is to attend one of our dumpling classes. In our dumpling classes, you’ll review each of these dumpling styles along with different fillings you can use inside them! Be sure to contact The Dumpling School today for more information.
Lunar New Year is just around the corner and coming up with food items to prepare for your gathering is coming down to the wire! Continuing on from our previous blog, we have four more dumplings you should consider making for your Lunar New Year gathering with your friends and family. If you are interested in learning more about these great dumplings and how to craft them, be sure to give us a call to inquire about our custom dumpling-making classes to learn these advanced recipes! Our main dumpling classes focus around pork, chicken, veggie and seafood dumplings. Below are four dumplings that will be a hit during Lunar New Year as well as being great snacks for any occasion or event!
- Pork-and-Crab Soup Dumplings – Soup dumplings are a great dumpling to make as they offer two layers of flavor and texture. There is the dumpling itself while also giving the consuming party a warm soup flavor when they bite into these delicious creations. However, making soup dumplings can get tricky so you want to remember that the secret to getting the soup inside the dumpling is to set the rich stock with gelatin before folding it into the dumpling skin along with the meat filling of your choosing.
- Pork Dumplings with Aged Black Vinegar – Potstickers are a fan favorite when it comes to easy eating dumpling choices and pork filling is always a good route to take. When making these dumplings, be sure to wrap your filling in Gyoza wrappers then fry and steam the dumplings for a juicy, tender, and crisp experience.
- Spinach and Tofu Dumplings – While meat is always a preferred filling for dumplings we can’t leave out the vegetarians and non-meat eaters we know. These spinach and tofu dumplings will be a nice alternative that will make everyone feel involved with the new year celebrations while abiding by individually dietary needs.
- Steamed Shrimp Dumplings with Chinese Chives – Using the wrapper of your choosing, you can make heart-warming dumplings that combine your favorite seafood dish with some healthy greens!
We hope that everyone has a great Lunar New Year and has the opportunity to make some of these creative dumplings for everyone to feast one! If you would like to learn how to make dumplings of your very own, be sure to contact The Dumpling Room for the rates of our traveling dumpling school in and around Cambridge and Boston, MA.
The Lunar New Year is almost upon us where we will be entering the year of the pig! It is time to start planning your where you will be celebrating and what will be served as you gather with family and friends for this joyous time. Easy to make and consume items will probably be the type of food you will be looking to have for your guests. Nothing is easier and more delicious than preparing scrumptious dumplings for your Lunar New Year festivities! Below are some popular dumplings that will be a surefire hit!
- Boiled Chinese Dumplings – Traditional boiled Chinese dumplings are a staple to any Asian celebration where you can stuff them with any filling of your choosing.
- Pork Dumplings with Chile-Sesame Sauce – Turn your creative juices on by crafting delicious dumplings filled with pork, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, scallions, and ginger. Once you are done making the dumplings, cover them in a chile-sesame sauce for an enhanced flavor that will have your guests wanting more.
- Cabbage, Watercress, and Pine Nut Dumplings – If you are a fan of boiled dumplings then you will love the combination of cabbage, watercress, and pine packed into freshly boiled dumplings that can be topped off with a little bit of soy sauce.
- Pork-Kimchi Dumpling Pancakes – Take traditional dumpling making and give it a new groove with these creative fried dumpling pancakes! The same great flavors of pork and kimchi but now in a crisp and round pancake form!
- Shrimp-and-Pork Dumplings With Bamboo Shots – Whether you wrap these dumplings in wonton wrappers or use cornstarch, wheat starch, water, and shortening, you are sure to have a fan favorite ready to go for the new year.
Be sure to check back with us to learn about more dumplings for Lunar New Year as the date approaches us! Contact The Dumpling Room for information on our pork, chicken, veggie, and seafood dumpling classes in and around Cambridge & Boston, MA as well as custom classes to learn these advanced recipes!
Here at The Dumpling Room, we LOVE dumplings and take pride in spreading the skill of creating these delicious treats through our traveling dumpling classes. Most of the time when people think of dumplings they either think of pot sticker style dumplings or the type of dumplings shown in movies or cartoons. However, there are many variations of how to create dumplings as well as each style of dumpling having their own purpose preferred method of eating. Below is a list of common dumplings styles that you may come across in your everyday life as well as what you could learn at our traveling dumpling classes.
Shui Jiao Dumplings
These type of dumplings are water-boiled and can be found almost anywhere within Asia. A traditional style dumpling that can be filled with everything from chicken to beef, leeks, lamb, and more. With this being a popular dumpling in Asian cuisine, we make sure that it is one of the featured dumplings to make for our dumpling making school that travels in and around Cambridge and Boston, MA.
Xiao Long Bao Dumplings
Xiao Long Bao dumplings originate from Shanghai and have a cute look to them as they look perfectly sculpted to keep the contents inside. This type of dumpling can be primarily seen at dim sum restaurants where you will find an abundance of different fillings. Their primary filling is soup-filled pork that makes for the perfect solution for a cold rainy day as they will warm you right up!
Guo Tie Dumplings
Guo tie dumplings have become a staple in American restaurants trying to diversify their appetizer menus. You will typically find guo tie dumplings named as pot stickers. These pan-fried dough dumplings are typically filled with ground meat and vegetables and with soy sauce on the side for dipping, you have a great snack to hold you over until dinner.
Wonton dumplings are delicious dumplings that are commonly found in the popular soup, wonton soup. In addition to finding these dumplings in soups, you will also find them served a deep friend, in chili oil, or in a clear broth. Like with any type of dumplings you can stuff them with essentially anything you desire, but wonton dumplings are typically filled with ground pork and shrimp, whole shrimp or shrimp paste.
Mandu dumplings originate from Korea and can be served in a variety of ways ranging from steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or deep-fried. With fillings such as ground pork or beef served with a side of kimchi, these delicious dumplings are a great Korean dish to fill you right up! Do you like to turn up the heat on your meals? Pair Mandu dumplings with a mildly spicy sauce for the ultimate taste bud experience.
Similar to guo tie dumplings, gyoza dumplings are pan-fried potsticker type dumplings that were introduced to Japan during World War II. Filled with pork or a seafood filling, these dumplings are great for dipping in soy sauce for a warm and delicious snack.
Banh Bot Loc Dumplings
Known as the perfect appetizer to any meal, the Bahn bot loc dumplings are a Vietnamese staple dumpling. These dumplings are typically filled with shrimp and pork belly while being wrapped in tapioca and served with sweet chili fish sauce for an incredible taste combination. The thing to remember with dumplings is that they need to be eaten fresh as they do not have a long shelf life.
If you are interested in learning more about dumplings or would like to create your own dumplings, contact The Dumpling Room to hear about our amazing dumpling-making classes!