When asked to name my favorite food, I generally roll my eyes and say it’s impossible to select a single favorite. When you’re a foodie, your love is exponential, and picking a favorite dish is an impossibility. If I’m really pressed for an answer, the likeliest response will be “dumplings.” I’ve never met a dumpling I haven’t liked. In recent years especially, it’s been my mission to explore my love of dumplings both in and out of my kitchen.
The festival will include a dumpling eating contest featuring Takeru Kobayashi, a champion competitive eater who will help host the event. The event also includes Lion Dances, Korean Drum performances, Asian Beatbox, belly dancing, a giant Dumpling Cutting Ceremony, a dumpling making class, raffles for awesome prizes, a book signing with Chinese cookbook author Kian Lam Kho, and more.
The NYC Dumpling Festival and all performances are free but there is a $20 ticket for a dumpling taster pass, which includes 4 tastes at vendor stalls and a free tote. All proceeds go to the Food Bank NYC.
Let’s move outside of Asia and head to Europe. Ravioli is another of my favorite dumplings, although you may not typically use the term “dumplings” to describe them. But that’s exactly what they are. Dough stuffed with filling. They’re as “dumpling” as dumplings get. These carrot-ricotta ravioli with herbed butter are easily some of my favorites, namely because of their truly unique but easy to make filling. Try it with homemade ricotta cheese! You’re welcome 😉
Heading back East just a tad, we visit Poland in Eastern Europe to find another of my favorite dumpling recipes. Potato pierogi are another classic dumpling. The best and only way to enjoy these is to boil them and then fry them up in some butter. Caramelized onions and sour cream are my favorite counterparts. I’ve actually made these pierogi for one of my famous Olympic parties to represent the food of Poland.
Alright, so I know I said these top 10 dumplings were in no particular order, but I’ve really saved the best of last. Drum roll please…… my favorite dumpling of all time, the dumpling recipe that I grew up eating, my first dumpling love…… is my grandmother’s manti. It’s a dish of Turkish/Armenian origins, and it’s simply the best thing I ever ate. I can’t think of a better finale to this roundup of dumplings.
And with that I’d like to thank you all for checking out this fun top 10 dumplings post. Please head on over to learn more about the NYC Dumpling Festival. I really hope it’s an event they host every year, because I can’t think of anything more worthwhile to celebrate than dumplings!
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