Simply hearing the word ‘snacks’ can make us feel better and excited. And that's probably because when we think of snacks, we are automatically reminded of the numerous tasty treats we've had in the past. Snacks were once even taboo in the past due to their savory flavor and overly sweet or salty taste. In recent years, as more and more people have adopted health-oriented lifestyles, snacks have also been changing in a healthier direction.
When watching movies, you can often see scenes where non-Asian characters eat dumplings with their clumsy maneuvering of chopsticks. You may also have seen menu items at famous restaurants you visited overseas that are technically dumplings but go by different names, such as dim sum and mandu. Italy’s ravioli and gnocchi also look like dumplings at first glance. As such, you can find a variety of dumplings all over the world. Then, the question is, what made dumplings become a dish loved and enjoyed by people all over the globe?
Processed meat, first made in Europe by carefully drying, salting and smoking meat to preserve it for a long time, is more familiar to us as a side dish. These days, however, as more and more people enjoy dining out, it is gaining more appeal and has now earned its place on the table of fastidious gourmets and wine/craft beer lovers.