Finger Foods of the World

There are so many different cuisines in the world, all with their own ingredients, flavors, and textures. However, if there is something they all have in common, it’s finger food. Nearly every country has its own type of finger food. Let’s have a look at a few of them!

Onigiri: Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball with a bit of seaweed at the bottom, allowing them to be held easily without dirtying your hand. They may be made with plain sticky rice or grilled rice with soy sauce, and filled with a variety of ingredients such as salmon, pickled plum, or cod roe.

Lumpia: Fans of Filipino food love lumpia, a fried egg roll eaten by hand and often dipped in sweet & sour sauce. One of the most popular varieties of this dish is Lumpiang Shanghai, which is filled with ground pork or beef, minced onion, carrots, and spices.

Samosa: Samosas are fried or baked shells filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes, mixed spices, and peas. Though they are now popular finger foods all around the world, they are especially popular in India and Southeast Asia. Samosas are often served with seasoned rice and dipping sauce.

Dolma: One of the most common finger foods in the Mediterranean is the dolma, or grape leaves stuffed with vegetables such as tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. This is quite a refreshing dish, especially when served with yogurt sauce and fresh, crunchy vegetables on the side.

Pasty: Some foodies in Europe may be familiar with pasties, a very common finger food in the UK. It is made by baking a flaky pastry dough around a filling. The filling is usually made with various meats and vegetables. A side dish is not necessary for this dish, as it’s quite a warm and hearty meal all on its own.

Bruschetta: Bruschetta is a simple but tasty finger food from Italy. At its base, bruschetta is a slice of bread topped with olive oil, basil, and tomatoes. Many cooks take it further and add other toppings such as ricotta, prosciutto, or mozzarella. The bread base makes it easy to pick up and munch on without a plate.

Coxinhas: One of Brazil’s most famous finger foods is the coxinha, or chicken croquette. These delicious croquettes are made by filling dough with spiced chicken meat and then frying it until it is crunchy and golden brown. Coxinhas can be served alone or with a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce.

Taquitos: Taquitos are a delicious finger food from Mexico. It is great for people who find tacos too messy, as it is made with basically the same ingredients, but rolled up. However, unlike tacos, taquitos are almost always fried and never soft. It can also be served with typical taco accompaniments like salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Fritters: Fritters are eaten as finger foods in many countries around the world. One of the continents in which they can be found almost anywhere is Africa, where people make delicious fritters out of cassava, bananas, and black eyed peas. These fritters can be both sweet and savory depending on the ingredient fried.

Sliders: People living in the USA have many finger foods to choose from, but one very popular option is sliders, or mini burgers. Though most regular size burgers are also eaten by hand, sliders are made particularly small to make eating them even easier. They are often served on a platter with many other sliders so that an entire party can grab a bite.

What are your favorite finger foods? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know!

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Dumplings: The Universal Language Of Food

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At their base, dumplings are just dough wrapped around a filling, yet every region of the world has its own unique version of them. Why are they loved by so many around the globe? Is it because they’re easy to make? Is it because they keep you warm in winter? Or is it simply because they’re downright delicious? Whatever the reason, dumplings are the universal language of the food world, and we want to be fluent. Let’s educate ourselves on a few different variations!

Europe

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Among European dumplings, the potato is king. Whether it’s pierogi from Poland, gnocchi from Italy, or kroppkakor from Sweden, almost all of them feature dough with a mashed potato filling along with meat or cheese. Not that we’re complaining; after all, if you want something hot and hearty, it’s hard to go wrong with potatoes.

Africa

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Dumplings from Africa don’t always include a filling, but they’re still sure to fill you up. Madombi from Botswana and banku and kenkey from Ghana are all doughy dumplings made from flour or cornmeal, often served with fragrant soup, sauce, or meat. We don’t know about you, but we’re absolutely fascinated by all the different flavor combinations you could create with these dumplings.

South America

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South America is all about meaty dumplings. Coxinhas, empanadas, and papas rellenas are all dough pockets filled to the brim with juicy chicken, pork, and beef. These dumplings are massively popular from Brazil to Argentina to Colombia, and it’s not hard to see why. Just looking at those photos is enough to work up an appetite!

Oceania

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Oceania’s dumplings are pretty different, but trust us when we say that they’re all delicious. Hawaii loves manapua (steamed buns), Tonga loves faikakai (coconut caramel dumplings), and New Zealand loves boil up (doughy dumplings with vegetables in pork stock). They all have exquisite taste, don’t you think?

Asia

Dumplings Asia

Asia is so crazy about dumplings that almost every Asian country has its own type of dumpling. We can’t fit all of them in here, so we chose a few of our favorites: xiao long bao (soup dumplings) from China, samosas (fried potato dumplings) from India, and gyoza (potstickers) from Japan. That last one tastes pretty great dipped in our Double Hi Potsticker Sauce, just so you know!

We’ve expanded our dumpling vocabulary, and now it’s time to try them in real life. Which one will you eat first? Let us know in the comments!

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Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.