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  • - So, are these still soup dumplings, since we have no soup?

  • - Oh, Amanda. Oh, Amanda. You're gonna love this.

  • (Upbeat groove)

  • - I'm Jasmine, and today we're swapping dumplings.

  • I'm half Taiwanese, half Korean,

  • so I have had a lot of different dumplings.

  • So, I've had gyoza, soup dumplings, potstickers,

  • kimchi dumplings - just a whole variety of dumplings.

  • My favorite are soup dumplings. They are to die for.

  • I like to make soup dumplings with my family.

  • I throw dumpling parties.

  • Just a lot of dumplings in my life.

  • So you can pre-make them, throw them in the freezer,

  • on a rainy day, you have nothing to eat,

  • you just boil some, fry them, do whatever you want.

  • They're delicious in every form.

  • You can make them into a soup. It's great.

  • I've never had perogies. But Amanda looks so nice,

  • and so do the perogies, so I'm excited to try them.

  • Do I think it'll beat the xiao long baos?

  • I don't think so.

  • (Amanda laughs)

  • No offense! (laughs)

  • - My name is Amanda. These are perogies,

  • but we're having a dumpling competition,

  • and everyone has their own version of dumplings,

  • so this is my country's. My family is from Poland.

  • My mom and dad, brother, and everyone migrated here.

  • So I've always had perogies.

  • They're like our big popular thing to have on Christmas.

  • You could also have lots of different versions of perogies,

  • but they're the same simple setup,

  • but it's mostly the filling that changes.

  • So you can have my favorite, which is

  • potato and cheese, or there's meat ones,

  • there's ones with sauerkraut,

  • you can have fruit-flavored or fruit-filled ones,

  • and you can do the same thing as the dumplings.

  • You can put them in the freezer when you're ready,

  • pop them out, boil them, or fry them up,

  • and have them on a rainy day or a warm day, and just enjoy.

  • Put any topping you want on it, salt, or cream, or whatever.

  • I've never had soup dumplings. I've never-

  • I think the closest thing I ever had are, like, potstickers,

  • but I won't tell you, they're probably at some chain,

  • and probably not good enough, so I'm excited to try them.

  • - Traditionally, you can dip these in black vinegar

  • and eat it with ginger. A lot of people like to also add

  • soy sauce and chili oil.

  • It's really all up to your own flavor palate,

  • which makes this really great.

  • To eat it, I like to take a bite of the dumpling,

  • drink the soup, dip it into the sauce, then eat it.

  • You can also take a bite, pour the soup out into your spoon,

  • drink it, dip it, then eat the rest.

  • Or, actually one thing I really like to do is when it's

  • scalding hot, I like to put the whole thing in my mouth.

  • People do not recommend that, but I just think it's so good,

  • and just, like, melts into your mouth.

  • Oh, it just like- it just melts into your tongue,

  • and like, oh. It's, oh. So good.

  • - So are these still soup dumplings, since we have no soup?

  • - Oh, Amanda. Oh, Amanda. You're gonna love this.

  • The soup is IN these!

  • - Ahh!

  • - Yeah! It's so good.

  • - I'm scared of, like, the side,

  • like little sauces and stuff.

  • - I'll guide you.

  • - Okay.

  • - Yeah.

  • - The Polish culture is not, like,

  • well-known for all our spices,

  • so like, I feel like I would probably love,

  • like a simple, plain soup dumpling.

  • - That's what's so great about these.

  • You don't need the dipping sauce for this to still taste,

  • like, amazing.

  • - I'm excited.

  • - It's very good.

  • - Oh, I have to give you, like, everything. Okay.

  • - I know. That's why I was wondering.

  • I was like, should we just swap chairs?

  • - Do you like soy sauce?

  • - [Amanda] I like soy sauce

  • - Okay, do you like... do you like spice?

  • - [Amanda] No.

  • - Okay. Do you like vinegar?

  • - No.

  • - Okay. Ginger?

  • - No.

  • - Oh, cool.

  • - The internet's probably so mad at me right now.

  • Like, "try it!"

  • - I can make you, like, my perfect sauce, too.

  • If you wanna try it.

  • - Okay, yeah. Let's do that, too.

  • - Okay, I like to go heavy with the vinegar,

  • so I'm just gonna, like, let you try this.

  • Okay, what about me? What do I need to know?

  • - [Amanda] Just plop it in your mouth.

  • - Okay.

  • - I think we have two different flavors there.

  • We have potato and cheese, which is my favorite,

  • and then we have mushroom and sauerkraut?

  • I'm, like, not a good Polish person, I guess,

  • cause I don't like sauerkraut, and so many people do,

  • so if you like sauerkraut, you'll probably like it.

  • My best friend loves it.

  • When I go home, I always go to this Polish deli,

  • and I buy, like, twelve dozen perogies

  • around Christmas time.

  • I'm like the perogi, like Christmas fairy.

  • Everyone's house that I go to, I drop off perogies,

  • and we, like, make them throughout the day.

  • You're supposed to just put them on the pan

  • and fry them up with a little butter and onions.

  • If you don't like onions, you don't have to.

  • But yeah! They're really yummy.

  • Just slice them in half, or-

  • I don't- I think those are really big,

  • so that might be challenging to pop in your mouth.

  • Nope!

  • - Oh, sorry. Sorry! Aah!

  • - [Amanda] (laughs) You can do that.

  • - Smells good. Smells like potatoes.

  • - [Amanda] That's the move, I think.

  • - Mmmm!

  • - [Amanda] It's definitely like a comfort food.

  • You're not going to be eating that

  • if you wanna be really healthy.

  • It's potato, it's cheese.

  • You can also have sweet cheese ones, which are delicious.

  • Or like a more saltier type of cheese.

  • - This is interesting.

  • It's good. When you say comfort food,

  • that's not what comes to mind immediately.

  • - Yeah.

  • - I don't know, but this is also, like,

  • not that hot, right? But-

  • - Right. If you come over to my house,

  • I will make you some fresh off the pan.

  • And they're so yummy. You can put bacon-

  • little bacon bits on there, like a pancetta almost.

  • It's all about the elements.

  • - For this one, the potato and cheese,

  • I find it a little redundant,

  • because it feel like I'm almost just chewing into

  • cooked dough, into uncooked dough,

  • but I can try the mushroom one.

  • Smells really good.

  • - [Amanda] Better?

  • - I like this one a lot better.

  • - There are so many different flavors.

  • You go to any, like Polish deli, and the whole refrigerator

  • will be filled with different ones.

  • So it's really just whatever you like.

  • - I like it.

  • It's good, but I don't think it tops soup dumplings for me.

  • - How long does it take to make these?

  • - I mean, I would just, like,

  • plan on taking an hour to two hours of your...

  • day.

  • - Yeah, same. This will take hours, as well.

  • I'm gonna try one alone, first, with nothing else.

  • I am ill-prepared for, like, a soup to come out of this.

  • We'll try it.

  • Oh, it's so good.

  • - So good, right?

  • - Yeah. I don't need to add anything to this.

  • - I want you to try, like,

  • taking a little bite of the dough,

  • and then try to drink the soup,

  • and then dip it into the sauce, then eat it.

  • I'll guide you.

  • - Okay.