A dumpling is a delicious, bite-sized food that's made of savory ingredients wrapped in dough and cooked. Chinese dumplings can be steamed, boiled, or fried.

If you order dumplings in a Chinese restaurant, you'll get a filling made with vegetables, meat, or fish — it might be a wonton, cooked in a soup, or a potsticker, steamed and then lightly fried. Most cultures have some version of a savory dumpling, and many have sweet dumplings as well, like apple dumplings, which have a fruit filling wrapped in pastry.

Definitions of dumpling
  1. noun
    small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough
    synonyms: dumplings
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    (Italian) a small dumpling made of potato or flour or semolina that is boiled or baked and is usually served with a sauce or with grated cheese
    matzah ball, matzo ball, matzoh ball
    a Jewish dumpling made of matzo meal; usually served in soup
    won ton, wonton
    a Chinese dumpling filled with spiced minced pork; usually served in soup
    type of:
    alimentary paste, pasta
    shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
  2. noun
    dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry
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    apple dumpling
    apples wrapped in pastry and baked
    type of:
    afters, dessert, sweet
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
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