Tang Dynasty dumplings
I just discovered this amazing image while researching dumpling history. In particular, check out the dumpling on the right. This ‘food’ was apparently unearthed in 1972 from a Tang Dynasty tomb in Turpan, Xinjiang.
Here’s how the conversation with my partner went:
Jas: Cool! Pottery dumplings from the Tang Dynasty, that’s about 618 – 907 CE. I’m surprised at how little they’ve changed since that time.
Dan: Well they’re not made out of clay anymore, that’s a good start.
So, after a brief foray into history, I happened to google ‘dumpling museum’ and was surprised at the number of dumpling museums out there (i.e. the number was greater than zero).
Here’s a fun photo of the Osaka Takoyaki Museum that will get people arguing over whether takoyaki (octopus balls) are really dumplings or not. You could also argue that the museum is more of a food court. (I’ll leave you to it in the comments.)
Also, you may wish to explore the website of the Thuringian Dumpling Museum, which looks truly awesome. Apparently, in one of their programs you can get your “Certificate as ‘Doctor of Dumplings’ with official presentation hand-embroidered cooking apron and chef’s hat champagne reception or reception with potato schnapps served in a hollowed-out frozen potato box containing dumpling schnapps, potato bread, etc.” I would love to be a Doctor of Dumplings!