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Dumplings get the global treatment

Asian, European and mash-up versions grab the spotlight

Dumplings speak a universal language of comfort. Frequently filled with minced meat or vegetables, the small packets of dough are cooked in kitchens around the globe. Lately, however, they’ve been having a moment thanks to Bao, an animated Pixar short that puts the dim-sum staple in the pop-culture spotlight.

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