Dumpling vs. Pierogi

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Dumpling and Pierogi is that the Dumpling is a food that consists of small pieces of dough (with or without filling) and Pierogi is a Dumplings of unleavened dough of central and eastern European origin

  • Dumpling

    Dumpling is a broad classification for a dish that consists of pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling, or of dough with no filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering or steaming and are found in many world cuisines.

  • Pierogi

    Pierogi ( pih-ROH-ghee) (singular pierĂ³g), also known as varenyky, are filled dumplings of Central European origin made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in West Slavic (Polish, Slovak, and Czech), Hungarian, East Slavic (Belarusian and western Ukrainian), some Baltic (Latvian and Lithuanian) and other Central and Eastern European cuisines where they are known under their local names. However, pierogi are especially almost always associated with Poland and Slovakia, where they are considered national dishes.

    Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, and fruits. The dumplings may be served with a topping, such as melted butter, sour cream, or fried onion, or a combination of those ingredients. Although the Polish word pierogi is plural, most English speakers use it as if it were singular and add s or es for plural. Varenyky is also plural in Ukrainian.

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A ball of dough that is cooked and may have a filling and/or additional ingredients in the dough. from 17th c.

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A term of endearment.

    “My little dumpling.”

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A piece of excrement.

  • Pierogi (noun)

    A square- or crescent-shaped dumpling of unleavened dough, stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, meat, or any combination of these, or with a fruit filling.


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