Dumplings are one of the most ancient types of foods in the world. It dates back to ancient China and ever since, it has been changed into a variety of recipes. Almost all of the eastern Asian countries have their own varieties of dumplings. Usually the different between the dumplings would be the way the filling is made and the types of seasoning that are used. So for those who want a quick snack or an appetizer, here are some of the best recipes for dumplings, fillings and seasonings.
Japanese gyoza recipe
For this recipe you will need one tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil, one egg, two cups of chopped cabbage or chives, half a cup of chopped onions and carrots, half a pound of desired ground meat, chopped garlic, wonton wrappers, quarter cup of soy sauce and some rice vinegar.
To make the gyoza, heat the sesame or coconut oil and then fry the cabbage, garlic, onion and carrots. Then add the ground meat and the egg when the frying has made the vegetables squishy. Once the meat has browned take off from the source of heat.
To make the gyoza, take the wonton wrapper and then put one tablespoon or so of the mixture in the middle. Then fold the wrapper around the filling to make a half moon shape and use a bit of water to seal the wrapper. Then fry the gyoza slightly until they are browned on both sides (flip them after a minute or so). After all are fried then add some water into the pan and steam the gyoza.
Kimchi and honey sauce
When it comes to sauces and dippings for the dumplings, you can never go wrong. This one is one of the more famous recipes out on the world. For this you will need to have homemade kimchi or store bought kimchi paste. You can find them on any Korean supermarket or online stores. Usually kimchi can be eaten on its own (not the paste) and tastes amazing. The kimchi paste is too thick and flavorful to be taken with the dumplings. So thin the paste using honey to make a great combination of sweet and tangy flavored dip.
Black bean + peanut butter + maple syrup
For those who have had the opportunity to taste black bean paste or sauce, the smell and the taste is unforgettable. It is one of healthiest and flavorful of food items. But the smell and the texture tends to turn people away fast. So add a bit of water, peanut butter and maple syrup to take care of all the bad things about the black bean paste and make it amazing.
Jaozi (the traditional Chinese dumplings) are made different from the way gyoza are, and usually the dippings are the same. The dippings depend on your own personal tastes and there are plethora of recipes on the internet for the curious ones.