What’s a Dumpling?
It’s a small savoury ball of dough( made from a variety of starch sources) which may be boiled, fried, or baked.
The dough can be based on bread, flour, or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering, or steaming, and are found in many world cuisines.
Then what’s a Momo?
Steamed Dumplings (filled with meat or vegetables) in the Tibetan cuisine are called Momos. It is also a type of South Asian dumpling, native to Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, North Indian region of Ladakh, Northeast Indian regions of Sikkim, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh, and Darjeeling, West Bengal. Tibetan momo is half-moon in shape, however, Nepali one is normally round.
Momo is usually served with a dipping sauce. Soup Momo is a dish with steamed Momo immersed in a meat broth. Pan-fried Momo is also known as kothey Momo. Steamed Momo served in hot sauce is called C-Momo.
It is similar to Chinese baozi and jiaozi, Mongolian buuz, Japanese gyoza and Korean mandu.
Okay. What’s Dim Sum, then?
It is a style of Chinese cuisine (particularly Cantonese but also other varieties) prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea. Together the Dim Sum and Tea form a full tea brunch. Dim Sum usually consists of small steamed or fried savoury dumplings with various fillings.
The Cantonese tradition of having endless cups of tea and dim sum is also called yum cha, which means "drink tea”.
What’s a Wonton?
A wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling commonly found across regional styles of Chinese cuisine. Wontons are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep-fried. There are multiple ways to fold a wonton, so it doesn't have one significant shape.
But here’s the thing. They’re all delicious. So go grab a plate of dumplings and celebrate the existence of something so purely delicious.
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