Global Dining

Ready for a culinary adventure that will lead you all the way around the globe? Prepare to feed your adventurous spirit.

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No matter what cuisine you crave, there’s a good chance that there’s some type of dippable, drool-worthy dumpling available with it. We define a few of our favorite dumplings, that can be found in many ethnic restaurants around 417-land. 

Empanada Latin American
A combination of meat, cheese and vegetables (or any of the three) is folded into a bread or pastry dough exterior and then baked or fried.

German Potato Dumplings German
These hefty dumplings feature potato and are often served as a side dish in German cuisine.

Gyoza Japanese
Most often filled with pork, these dumplings are folded, pan fried and often served with a soy-based dipping sauce.

Gnocchi Italian
Often filled with potato or cheese, these dumplings are often smaller in size and feature a thick pasta shell.

Mandu Korean
A meat-filled dumpling that is often steamed or fried and served with a soy based dipping sauce.

Kibbeh Lebanese
Often deep fried, this treat is filled with a combo of minced onion, meat and spices that are surrounded by bulghur wheat.

Potsticker Chinese
Vegetable- and meat-filled dumplings that are often pan fried to create a crispy exterior.

Ravioli Italian
A traditional Italian pasta, ravioli are most often filled with cheese, meat or other savory treats and then boiled.

Shumai Chinese
A noodle-like shell surrounds a shrimp filling in these treats, which are often pan fried.

Samosa Indian
A fried or baked pastry featuring a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes and vegetables or sometimes meat.

Wontons Chinese
Often fried, these crispy creations are made by wrapping dough skins around combinations of meat, vegetable and cheese.



Want to serve a tasty treat from overseas for your dinner table tonight? Chef Gurnek Singh from Gem of India, who often hosts cooking classes at the restaurant, shares a tasty recipe for vegetable samosas. 

Wrap (chapatti) ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour (Maida) 

Water to knead dough
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

Stuffing ingredients:
34 potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
½ cup green peas, boiled 
12 green chilies, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ginger, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander, finely chopped
½ teaspoon garam masala
Salt and red chili powder to taste

To prepare:
Combine chapatti ingredients just until a dough forms, then refrigerate 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine stuffing ingredients. Divide chapatti dough into golf-ball size pieces, then roll each ball out and cut into two halves. Form each half into a cone shape, and stuff the cone with samosa filling. Seal the edges carefully using water. Repeat with the remaining chapattis and filling until all ingredients are used. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown in color. (If you prefer, you can bake them at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes.) Enjoy! 


We scoured a few of Springfield’s ethnic markets to find tasty pantry fillers and must-try items. Read on to learn where we found the most interesting picks.

1. Vegetable Buns
Just steam or microwave these frozen vegetable-filled buns, and you’ll have a big pillowy, delicious treat in no time flat.  from Seoul Oriental Market, 3163 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-881-2311


2. Mochi Ice Cream
A little ball of ice cream is wrapped in sweet and chewy mochi rice cake. Pop one out of the freezer, and eat it in about four bites—the perfect sweet snack.  from Seoul Oriental Market, 3163 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-881-2311


3.Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Some cookies are soft and chewy; others, like these, are perfectly crisp. The little treats are made in Belarus and are packed with plenty of gingery flavor.  from Nadia’s European Market, 3023 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-4444.


4. Pineapple-Filled Bread
Lots of sweet baked treats fill one side of this little market and bakery, and we grabbed a snack-sized fruit-filled sweet bread packed with pineapple.  from Leslie’s Carnicería & Panadería, 1915 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-501-1017


5. Tajin Clasico Seasoning
This mix of dried chili peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice pairs well with sweet flavors and can be used to spice up fresh fruits. Sounds wild, but give it a try. It’s delish.  from Leslie’s Carnicería & Panadería, 1915 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-501-1017


6. Enoki Mushrooms
This spot sells fun snacks, liquors, pantry staples, meat, cheese and veggies from all over Europe and Asia. We snagged some pretty enoki mushrooms—great for soups and stir fries.  from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433


7. Smoked and Dried Capelin
Owners say this fish is snatched up by the pound by eastern European natives who come to the store from all over 417-land. To eat them, just pop off the head, and take a bite. from Nadia’s European Market, 3023 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-886-4446


8. Phyllo dough
The pictures of baklava on this package say it all; this pantry item is just begging to be turned into a sweet and nutty dessert.  from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433


9. Rose Water
Use this floral concoction to create fun drinks (there’s even a recipe on the bottle) or to craft a simple syrup for that baklava you’re going to make with the phyllo dough below.  from Spring’s Market, 3630 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-4433


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