One of my favorite family traditions is wrapping dumplings together at the kitchen counter for Chinese New Year. The dumpling, whether called Italian ravioli or Polish piroshki or Nepalese momo or Brazilian empanadas, is a delicious cultural food across the globe. The dumpling likely arose independently in various regions, and is an inherently social cuisine. It was likely designed to increase the number of people a small amount of meat could feed. By mixing in vegetables and seasonings and wrapping it in dough, a larger and heartier meal was created to be shared. Dumplings have been eaten in China for nearly 2000 years. According to legend, they were invented in the Han dynasty as a way to stave off frostbite, which had been afflicting the ears of poor villagers. The dumplings were wrapped to resemble ears. Whether or not they cured the frostbite, their tastiness cemented their legacy in Chinese cuisine. Source: