The 26th of September is World Dumpling Day.
It celebrates those succulent, pillowy-soft, comfort-food snacks that are the favourite of both rich and poor in so many different cuisines around the world.
You get to have dumplings for breakfast, lunch and dinner today!
Examples of dumplings around the world include galuska, gnocchi, gyoza, handkerchief, har gow, kanadle, matzo balls, pierogi, pigeon-egg dumplings, poutines blanches, potstickers, quenelles, samosas, shao mai, slick dumplings, takokayi, uszka, vareniki, wontons, xiao long bao (Chinese soup dumplings), yuanxiao, zwetschgenknödel, etc.
Dumpings can be sweet or savoury, and depending on the fillings, can be little flavour bombs in your mouth.
On World Dumpling Day, some restaurants will offer special deals, or just plain outright free dumplings. Some restaurants even hold dumpling eating contests.
Whatever you day, don’t miss your chance today to have some dumplings, whatever your favourite kind is!
See also: Dumplings
Activities for today
- Take a dumpling class, either virtually or in person;
- Have some friends over for dumplings. Make a whole meal of them: appetizers, main course and dessert. Make a few days ahead and refrigerate, or cheat and buy some frozen ones or order in;
- Check apps for deals and free delivery offers;
- Go out to a Chinese restaurant with friends and order dumplings with wild abandon (well, as much as you can eat anyway — don’t waste food!) to celebrate. Try ones you’ve never had before!
- Capture the fun moments with photos on your phone and post to social media.
In April 2015, the TMI Food Group paid the webmaster at “National Day Calendar” to proclaim the day as also being “National Dumpling Day” for the United States. Accessed August 2021 at https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-dumpling-day-september-26
Within a few years, by 2017, the Australian food press (e.g. Delicious Magazine) had picked up on it, and rechristened it “International Dumpling Day”.
By 2019, most of the world press including Australia were calling it “World Dumpling Day”.
Fun Dumping Fact
In Victorian times, arsenic (which is a white powder) was used a great deal for domestic murders, and often fed to its victims by being mixed into the dumplings. Thus the saying arose, “Don’t eat the dumplings”. Watson, Katherine. Poisoned Lives: English Poisoners and Their Victims. London: Hambledon and London. 2004. Pp 11-12.
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