But have you ever wondered about when and how did people first come up with dumplings? Dumplings are pretty ancient, and the history behind them go way back. Several archaeological evidence point to dumpling-like recipes from Ancient Rome, but the true origin history of the dumpling as we know it today must begin with the ancient Chinese. The treat’s inception was attributed to China’s so-called “Medicine Saint,” Zhang Zhongjing.
Zhang lived 1,800 years ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty. One day, he returned to his hometown after retiring from government service. It was winter when he came home, and upon arriving, he noticed that a lot of the people had frostbitten ears. As a healer, he soon realized that his home clinic would be filled beyond capacity with aching townspeople any moment. Because of this, he asked his brother to put up a tent in the town square, and place a heated cauldron inside.