It’s nearly required that the word “dumpling” be uttered with a sigh of longing. Steamed, boiled, fried, filled, swimming in broth—almost every country has at least one variation of these irresistible morsels. Go devour them all.

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Hum Bao at H.K. Cafe

China

A balance of sweet and savory, the onion-soy-sugar tang of char siu barbecue pork tucked inside these classic dim sum puffs is bold enough to resonate through the dough’s marshmallow-fluffiness.

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Empanadas Qué Bacano

Colombia

This cheery Portland Mercado cart relies on the traditional corn dough of Colombia for its crispy-shelled empanadas, which give way with a satisfying crunch before melting into cumin-spiced beef and potato heaven. 

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Pelmeni at Kachka

Russia

These teeny boiled dumplings, nearly bursting with spiced beef, pork, and veal, are similar to Italian tortellini. Kachka’s Bonnie Morales uses a special mold called a pelmenitsa to craft 8,500+ per week.

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Pierogi at Grandpa's Café

Poland

This “members only” café serves Polish half-moons of boiled perfection stuffed with sauerkraut and mushrooms, meat, or—our fave—mashed potatoes and farmer’s cheese. One-day club memberships are $1. Seriously.

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Knedlíky at Tábor

Czech Republic

The only nonfilled dumpling on our list doesn’t need any innards. Smear the light, springy, steamed dough rounds with porcini garlic gravy or heap ’em with caraway-infused sauerkraut.

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Mandu at Spring Restaurant

Korea

Essentially the offspring of an egg roll and a pierogi, Beaverton’s Spring packs its mandu with tender pork and cabbage alongside a bright soy-chile sauce that’s
perfect for dunking. 503-641-3670

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