Dumplings were first made in the Eastern Han Dynasty 1800 years ago. Zhang Zhongjing was the man responsible for making this dish.
He made this dish because once when he was returning to his town one winter, he noticed that many people had frostbite in their ears. To help them, he made dumplings shaped like ears by boiling wrapped mutton, chili, and some warming medical herbs in dough skin, and gave them to the homeless. This dish was originally called “Jiao’er” (??) for its shape, meaning ear, and later becoming “Jiao Zi” (??) meaning Dumpling. Zhang Zhongjing used to give these out from the day the Winter Solstice starts to New Year’s Eve.
It is said that all the ingredients used in Zhang Zhongjing’s recipe would help warm the body, help the blood flow and then thaw the frostbite ears. The dumplings also had a wonderful taste so they were wanted by the popular demand of people. Dumplings are a classic Chinese food to eat during New Years. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year. Dumplings are also known as pot stickers. Dumpling are made with a dough that is made most commonly with wheat flour that is stuffed with vegetables or minced meat.
Dumplings earn their name because as they cook, they stick to the sides of the pan or wok. There is a variety of ways you could cook dumplings, you could bake them, fry them, boil them, steam them, or simmer them. Dumplings are not only common in China, it’s also a regular cuisine in Africa, America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and other Asian Countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, dumplings are called empanadas. Empanadas usually have meat, cheese, corn and other ingredients in it. The healthiest way to eat a dumpling is steamed. A steamed pork dumping is about 80 calories, only 10 less than a pan-friend pork dumpling.
Also, the more vegetables dumplings have the less calories and the healthiest. The most detrimental way to eat a dumpling is by deep-frying it.