Chowhound’s Universal Eats is a new video series that explores foods that transcend cultures and borders around the world to globally to connect us all. Episodes will premiere every Tuesday on Facebook Watch, so be sure to follow our page to catch each installment.

The first episode focuses on a food that exemplifies this mission statement—dumplings. There are just so many variations of these amazing pocket-sized foods, and we couldn’t wait to discover them all!

As you’ll see in the video above, we turn to various chefs, food critics, and industry professionals to learn how and why dumplings became so ubiquitous over time. Watch these pros discuss every facet of this wondrous food. When you think about it, they pop up in nearly every culture and can be eaten in almost any context. From the fanciest dinner party appetizer to a greasy, late-night snack, dumplings are truly a miracle wrapped in dough.

Whether you’re chowing down on an Armenian manti, a Ukrainian pierogi or a Nepalese momo (just some of the variations we explore in the video), or arguing over whether or not a ravioli really qualifies as a dumpling, one thing can be agreed upon: These stuffed pockets of goodness are among some of the tastiest and heartiest foods around. Given their universal appeal, it soon becomes apparent that one of the oldest foods known to humans is also one of the best. Seriously, we defy you to find someone who doesn’t love dumplings in some form or another. It’s a near impossible feat!

Other installments of Universal Eats will document the rise of frozen desserts, porridge, colonial foods, and sandwiches, so be sure to tune in for those as well. In the meantime, polish off the last gyoza and get excited to dive into the delicious world of dumplings.

Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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