Do Europeans eat dumplings?

Do Europeans eat dumplings?

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Answer 1
May, 2021

Good afternoon!

Despite the fact that dumplings are considered a primordial Russian dish and do not appear on the menu of European cuisine, they are on sale in Europe. Pelmeni can be bought either in specialized stores of Russian products, or in large hypermarkets, where there are shelves with national products of various cuisines of the world.

In Italy, the analogue of this dish is considered to be ravioli made from dough with various fillings, including meat, and then boiled or fried. Their shape is often square or triangular with jagged edges, and when serving, the ravioli are poured with a thick sauce.

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Answer 2
May, 2021

They do not know what they eat, but you can find in the assortment of even an ordinary supermarket in Germany, for example LIDL. It says so on them, Teigtaschen nach russischer Art and a Cyrillic postscript in the corner (dumplings in Russian)

P.S. when I saw them for the first time, I was happy like a child, that's what homesickness does 😓

Answer 3
May, 2021

They eat from a young age) An aunt with a daughter and grandson for 12 years lives in the Netherlands. They have been living since perestroika, their daughter already speaks poorly in Russian (her husband is Dutch), the grandson does not know Russian meow either. So) I don't think it's necessary to explain why her grandson fell in love with dumplings since childhood, since my grandmother helped in raising the child. But, what's cool, after the first words of mom and dad, the next word he learned to say was dumplings))

Answer 4
May, 2021

Since I have been living in Poland for more than a year, (therefore I will only be responsible for Poland) where I study, and, as every student is supposed to, needs: fast, least harmful and satisfying food. No matter how much I climbed supermarkets, shops, etc., I could not find this ideal food for a student. I found only analogues, like ravioli, tortolini, well, and something like "our" dumplings (which taste very dubious). This fact depresses me, but I am not upset and eat tortolini, and I imagine that these are homemade dumplings;)

Answer 5
May, 2021

Of course they do. How they eat!
When I lived in Spain (2010), I personally saw Russian eateries, the so-called "dumplings" and "khinkalnye". The Spaniards actively ate this dish and even took it home.

Answer 6
May, 2021

I live in Poland. The Poles have a dish, something similar to dumplings, and this is called PIEROGI RUSKIE.
They, of course, are very different from the dumplings we are accustomed to - the meat is heavily chopped there, more like minced meat. The pleasure, of course, is not at all that from tru-dumplings. And they also come with mushrooms and cabbage, potatoes and fruits.

Answer 7
May, 2021

I had a funny story related to dumplings. I studied in London, lived in a hostel. There we had a common kitchen for several residential blocks. Once, at the end of my studies, I found a Russian shop and could not resist there and bought some dumplings (real, with an inscription in Russian, brought from Russia). I came to the hostel and began to cook them. Neighbors walked by (two British, two Americans and a Chinese) and muttered something about my culinary research. Then he gave them a try. In general, the next day the freezer was filled to the brim with dumplings and the whole hostel was buzzing that some new divine product from distant Siberia had been discovered (and the entire supply of dumplings in the store was bought out cleanly).

Answer 8
May, 2021

In Poland, they eat "pierogi z mięsem" (pierogi z mięsem) with the obligatory sour cream seasoning. The complete equivalent of our dumplings. But "feathers ruskie" (pierogi ruskie), on the contrary, are good old dumplings with cottage cheese, potatoes and mushrooms. They also eat with sour cream. However, in the "Milky Bars" (the equivalent of our canteens) you can also find "pelmeni" with an explicit reference to a Russian / Ukrainian dish.

Regarding the fact that dumplings are supposedly not Russian, but "Finno-Ugric" dish. It's like saying that the Vikings are not Swedish, but Scandinavian. Russian culture has assimilated most of the Volga and Baltic Finnish peoples for 10 centuries, we here, you know, live in Finnish huts, decorated with Finnish solar crosses and patterns, we wear Finnish sandals, play Finnish (well, or Baltic, as anyone) gusli and we eat Finnish dumplings. It's time to put up with it.

Answer 9
May, 2021

They eat. In a London store near the house where I lived, I saw a pack of dumplings with the inscription dumplings. In Germany, this dish was also sold in supermarkets, it was only called tortellini. In general, dumplings are sold in Europe, but locals hardly associate them with Russian cuisine.

P.S. If someone says that these are other dishes, then I advise you to try them all. I didn't taste the difference.

Answer 10
May, 2021

I live in Austria. A couple of days ago, I met a student neighbor from America in the kitchen warming up dumplings. Well, very cute. He says they like him very much. Anyway, now some kind of fashion has gone from many Europeans to learn our traditions and cuisine, well, that's another story.

I didn't notice the typical dumplings in stores, but there is clearly something similar frozen. Even if you look in Turkish stores, you can probably find it, although I doubt that not only Russians and Ukrainians buy them.

Answer 11
May, 2021

In Eastern Europe, you can find dumplings, which serve more or less similar to our dumplings. These are mainly the Baltic countries, such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and a little bit of Estonia. Why a little? Because with its mentality, the country is more like the countries of Scandinavia. But in countries such as Norway, Finland or Sweden, dumplings are more likely an exception than a rule. As such, there is no "dumplings" culture for a long time. But again, more or less good dumplings can be found only in restaurants that either specialize exactly on this, or they pay a lot of emphasis to Russian cuisine. And if in the stores of Eastern Europe you can find something like dumplings (which are absolutely not similar to what we used to call dumplings), then in the aforementioned Scandinavian countries to find dumplings at least in some form is already an achievement. I can't say about Western Europe, but I suppose that dumplings are not particularly popular there either.

Answer 12
May, 2021

When I lived in Germany (with the same host family), they often bought dumplings. They also loved to eat what they called dumplings with potatoes. Although, I persistently explained that these are no longer pilmeni and they have a completely different name.

Answer 13
May, 2021

To be honest, I did not notice that dumplings were served anywhere in Europe, except in restaurants of Russian or Ukrainian cuisine. But, Italians eat ravioli. It looks like dumplings, but the filling can be different. Both meat and potato in general, which already looks like dumplings with potatoes.

In America (not Europe, of course) I noticed something similar to our Russian dumplings in supermarkets in the frozen food departments, but I didn't see anyone buying them. My foreign roommates said that it had never occurred to them to try such a product either.

Dumplings are also served in Georgia. As the Georgians themselves said, they love them very much, but they do not eat as often as we do. Once I even ordered dumplings in a pot in an Adjarian restaurant in Batumi (at the end of my vacation I wanted something simple and no frills), but it was a completely different dish, of course ... The dumplings were sprinkled with another kilogram of cilantro and cheese, which made me extremely amused, although it turned out to be very tasty.

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