20 Best Dumplings in the World

Dumplings are magical. These fulfilling bite-sized chunks can be turned into an entrée, or simply as an accompanying dish. In the form of dough pockets, they come in countless variations, have either a sweet or savoury filling, and are enjoyed unconditionally across the world.

Listed below is a list of the world’s 20 most beloved dumplings, great and small.

most popular Dumplings in the World
20 Best Dumplings in the World

20 Best Dumplings in the World

Ravioli - Italy

Ravioli are small pasta envelopes filled with ground meat, vegetables, or cheese. The filling varies according to the region: Ricotta cheese and spinach in Rome, fish and greens in Liguria, nettles in Tuscany, and ricotta cheese with grated lemon rind in Sardinia.

Italian dumplings
The famous Italian Ravioli

Chuchvara - Lebanon

Packed with intense flavors from the Lebanese 7-Spice (mixture of paprika, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander and cumin), these meat dumplings (typically beef) are then cooked in yogurt sauce infused with subtle aromas from cilantro, garlic and mint.

Lebanese Shishbarak or Chuchvara

Momo - Nepal

The Nepalese enjoy their buffalo momos, while the neighboring Tibetans love their momos stuffed with yak meat. A substitute of beef, pork, or vegetable is possible, as long as the fillings are thoroughly spiced with standard constituents such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic, and ginger. Served alongside a delicious tomato dip known as achar

Nepali momo
Nepali momo

Wonton - China

Wontons feature a delectable combination of soft, velvety skin and delicate meat filling, served in a fragrant broth usually accompanied by thin egg noodles. The best variation, in my opinion, is the Sichuanese wontons known as Chao Shou. They are served in large bowls doused liberally in tongue-numbing chili oil that has been flavored with local peppercorn and pungent black vinegar sauce.

Chinese wontons
Chinese wontons

Manti - Turkey

These tiny dumplings are filled with equally tiny portion of minced lamb, onion and garlic, and are served coated with smoked paprika in a thick, creamy yogurt. They are heartily enjoyed throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Turkish manti
Turkish manti

Bryndzové Halušky - Slovakia

Made using potatoes, this classic Slovak dish is served with a type of local sheep cheese known as Bryndza and is handsomely topped with yummy, fattilicious bacon. It is appointed as the national dish of Slovakia for obvious reasons.

Bryndzové Halušky
Bryndzové Halušky from Slovakia

Pierogi - Poland

The crescent-shaped Pierogi has got to be the most versatile dumpling in the world – with fillings varying from anything savory (sauerkraut, cheese, potato, or meat) to anything sweet (chocolate, blueberry or plum). They are first boiled before being baked or fried.

Polish Pierogi
Polish Pierogi

Raspeball - Norway

Also known as klubbcoumpa, or komle, these savoury dumplings are made using Norway’s national vegetable: potatoes, wrapped over bits of ham or bacon. They make the perfect winter dish when paired with rich, creamy buttermilk.

Norwegian Raspeball
Norwegian Raspeball

Modak - India

Presented in the shape of tear drops, these Indian dumplings are kneaded rice flour stuffed with coconut and jaggery (unrefined whole cane sugar). In Maharashtra of western India, the sweet dumplings are offered to Lord Ganesh every August during a Hindu festival known as Ganesh Chaturthi.

Indian Modak
Indian Modak

Pelmeni - Siberia

Easily distinguishable through its thicker casing, Pelmeni can only be filled all things savory, such as meat, mushrooms, vegetables, or cheeses. They are boiled before being served with sour cream, melted butter, and green onions.

Siberian Pelmeni
Siberian Pelmeni

Gyoza - Japan

With fillings prepared using ground pork and vegetables, these fried Japanese dumplings are made with thin wrappers. It is said that the best gyozas can be found in holes-in-the-wall outside of subway stations in Japan!

Japanese gyoza
Japanese gyoza

Khinkali - Georgia

These Georgian dumplings feature a delightful combination of ground beef, pork, chili pepper, fenugreek and cilantro. Khinkali should be consumed using one’s bare hands in Georgia, as the use of utensils is considered impolite.

Khinkali Georgia
Khinkali from Georgia

Bánh bột lọc - Vietnam

Made from tapioca flour and filled with a shrimp and pork mixture, these delicious dumplings get much of their flavours from the addition of green onions and fish sauce seasoning. When cooked in banana leaves, the tapioca wrappers turn translucent, giving them a chewy texture – a perfect contrast to the savoury filling.

Bánh bột lọc
Bánh bột lọc from Vietnam

Maultasche - Germany

The large Schwabian dumplings are dutifully loaded with spiced meat, breadcrumbs, spinach, and a variety of herbs, and are either cooked in a broth, or pan-fried. They consist of a outer-layer of pasta dough, and is typically larger than the Italian raviolis.

German Maultasche
German Maultasche

Mandu - Korea

Nothing shouts “Korean” more than Mandu – dumplings filled with minced kimchi, tofu, carrot, garlic, leeks, green onion, bean sprouts, and seasoned with garlic, ginger, and brown sugar. There are a few ways in which they are served – fried, steamed, or boiled in soup. Mandu are folded into circular shapes – a technique considered unique in Northeast Asia.

Korean Mandu
Korean Mandu

Kroppkaka - Sweden

Filled with smoked pork, onions, and cracked pepper, these Swedish dumplings are usually served with the local lingonberry jam or cream. Other but less common stuffing includes eel, smoked goose breast, and Baltic herring.

Swedish Kroppkaka
Swedish Kroppkaka

Kreplach - Israel

A specialty of the Ashkenazi Jewish in Eastern Europe, Kreplach is a dumpling dish stuffed with ground meat and mashed potato boiled and served in chicken soup, or fried. It is said that the thinner you can roll the wrapper, the better.

Israeli Kreplach
Israeli Kreplach

Carimañola - Colombia

Carimañola is a Colombian fried meat-pie in the shape of a torpedo, stuffed with cheese and seasoned ground meat. Often served as breakfast in Colombia and Panama, they are usually accompanied by suero, a local fermented milk based condiment similar to yogurt.

Colombian Carimañola
Colombian Carimañola

Buuz - Mongolia

These steamed dumplings are typically stuffed with ground mutton, onion, and garlic, while the wrappers are made from a mixture of barley, wheat, and buckwheat. This dish is traditionally eaten at home on Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian New Year.

Mongolian Buuz
Mongolian Buuz

Cepelinai - Lithuania

Heavy, gluey, and exceedingly filling, these stuffed potato dumplings hailing from Lithuania are made from riced potatoes, stuffed with ground meat, and drenched in sour cream and pork rinds. The name is derived from the word Zeppelin, due to its resemblance to the shape of the airship.

Lithuanian Cepelinai

The variation of dumpling is countless and still growing, but one thing's for sure - these little balls of dough are love at first bite, regardless of where they are made!

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  1. Akak suka artikel macam ni. Kombinasi makanan yang nama berlainan tetapi produk yang sama di seluruh dunia! Great effort Grace! Macam Murtabak Indonesia, Apam Balik Malaysia tu kan sama. Tapi kita menghormati dan meraikan perbezaan. Dua-dua sedap bagi akak.

  2. favvv semuanya nampak
    menarik dan sedap. suka yg jepun tu isinya sangat padat

  3. Owh baru tahu Dumpling setiap negara berbeza2 mengikut nama dan saiz.. AM memang suka makan dumpling.. tengok pulak artikel ini terus jadi lapar..

  4. thanks sharing this interesting facts. i dont have any idea how amazing dumplings available all around the world

  5. Oh yumss! these are really esquisite and now you make me crave for dumplings

  6. After reading this post, I'm now craving hungry for dumplings, especially love momo from Nepal. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

  7. i like dumpling very much, will buy some

  8. Yummy! Sedapnya dumpling. Serius baru tahu rupanya negara lain pun ada. Ingatkan China, Korean and Japan je ada macam dumpling kinda food. xD


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