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Chronicon’s keynote speaker says even the busiest of bees can find time for self care with this hack.Let’s talk dumplings. You know, the delicious pockets of cooked dough with a tasty filling of your choice that can be either steamed, fried, baked, or boiled? Whatever way you choose to cook them, one thing is certain: Eating only one dumpling is impossible.
There’s no denying we all love ‘em. But have you ever prepared one yourself? The process is far from simple, as each dumpling is typically (very meticulously) handmade, which can take several hours to complete. Indeed, the task alone will give you a newfound appreciation for this dish. To that end, we wanted to learn more about the complexity of dumplings—more specifically, soup dumplings—and their rich cultural background, so we caught up with Tim Ma, a five-time Michelin-awarded chef and the co-founder and culinary director of Laoban Dumplings, a frozen dumplings company.
The cultural significance of soup dumplings One of Laoban Dumplings’ star products is soup dumplings, which, if you’ve never had one before, you’re in for a treat. What sets these apart from traditional dumplings is that upon the first bite, the dumpling will release a broth (hence the soup bit) that’s absolutely mouthwatering. Swoon. But soup dumplings aren’t just delicious—and fun—to eat; they also carry cultural significance, especially in Chinese tradition, which makes eating them all the more special. “Like all dumplings, the soup dumpling signifies wealth and prosperity. Soup dumplings are very specific and unique dumplings to Chinese culture due to the perplexing nature of having soup inside of the wrapped dough. Most other cultures do have dumplings, but the soup nature is fairly unique to the Chinese,” Ma says. “Like all dumplings, the soup dumpling signifies wealth and prosperity.”—Tim Ma, a five-time Michelin-awarded chef and
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