National Dumpling Day

Celebrated annually on September 26th, National Dumpling Day is a holiday that’s used to bring people’s attention to these doughy pockets of dough that so many people all over the world enjoy regularly. Although dumplings come from very humble origins, they are probably one of the most widely-eaten types of food enjoyed in the world today. 

The History Of National Dumpling Day

This holiday was first created in 2015 by the TMI Food Group. This food company manufactures a wide assortment of Asian food products including noodles, appetizers, and unsurprisingly, dumplings. Although this holiday isn’t very old, it’s a holiday that’s becoming increasingly popular with each passing year. 

The History Of Dumplings

It can be extremely difficult to pin down the exact origins of this dish since at its most basic level, dumplings are nothing more than boiled pieces of dough and surely people have been boiling down from many thousands of years. Even so, researchers believe that dumplings are more than 1,800 years old and have their origins in China. 

The first dumpling recipe to survive is an ancient Roman cookery text known as Apicius. This cookbook is believed to have been compiled during the 1st century AD and was written in a form of Vulgar Latin. The dumpling recipe in this book was called Isicia plena—or Dumplings of Pheasant and it featured lightly roasted pheasants mixed with fat and seasoned with reduced wine or broth and pepper. It was then shaped into spoon dumplings and then poached in water that was seasoned with garum—a fermented fish sauce or boiled in ocean water. 

A Quick Look At Some Dumpling Varieties

It’s truly amazing how many different types of dumplings are made all over the world. We were so intrigued by some of them, we wanted to introduce anyone looking to celebrate this holiday to just a few varieties of them. 

  • Pierogi
  • Gnocchi
  • Khinkali
  • Kobarid
  • Wonton
  • Samosa
  • Knodel
  • Ravioli
  • Chicken Dumplings

A Few Dumpling Dishes To Consider

Below are just a small sample of some of the dishes that can be made from dumplings. Of course, this is an extremely small sample of some of the dumpling dishes we’ve found. there are hundreds, if not thousands of other dishes made with these small boiled, fried, or baked pieces of dough. 

  • Pork & Shiitake Pot Stickers
  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Shrimp Mandu
  • Pork Dumpling Soup
  • Banh Bot Loc
  • Buuz
  • Coxhinhas
  • Empanadas
  • Gyoza

Celebrating National Dumpling Day

As one can imagine from looking at all of the different dumpling varieties, it should be no problem for anyone to celebrate this holiday. All they have to do is to choose their favorite type of dumpling and serve it up with just a plain sauce or incorporate it into their favorite dish. People can also celebrate this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalDumplingDay on their social media to get the word out about these tasty pieces of cooked dough. 

Where is National Dumpling Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.
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