Dumplings are one of life’s simple pleasures.
Legend has it that Marco Polo brought the recipe back from China in the 12th century and made them famous in the West as ravioli — little flour pouches with tasty fillings, boiled and served. Dumplings are a staple in China and there are a few different ways to serve them up. In the northeast, the fillings are more diverse and the sauce consists mainly of black vinegar, garlic, a bit of soy sauce and salt and pepper. In the southwest, the fillings tend to be pork-heavy and the sauces are spicy-sweet or just plain spicy.