Every culture has its dumpling or stuffed hand pie. We found five you need to grab right now.
Dragon Breath Wontons, Amerasia
The pork-filled, hand-shaped, steamed wontons are good on their own, but it’s the spicy, thick sauce on top—peppers, chiles, spices—that might have you breathing fire (OK, we exaggerate a little).
521 Madison Ave., Covington, (859) 261-6121
Four-way Pierogies, Babushka Pierogies
You can get regular pierogies, stuffed with potatoes, at Babushka’s walk-up window near 12th and Main, but these Cincinnati-chili flavored versions (made with lentils!) are our favorites.
1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-3739
Bad Girl Empanada, Empanadas Aqui
Roasted chicken, peppers, and onions, plus cheese, wrapped inside slightly sweet dough, then fried until the outside is crisp with bubbles. Whenever we spot the green Empanadas Aqui bus at events, we know it’s good to be bad.
Momos, Bridges Nepali Cuisine
They look like any old dumpling, but inside these housemade pockets, you’ll find ground chicken or ground vegetables, with a spice profile (hello, ginger and cumin) that reminds you these are not any old dumplings.
4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 374-9354
Vegetarian Arepa, The Arepa Place
These Colombian and Venezuelan treats are stuffed with goodies, rather than filled. Housemade arepas (like tortillas, but way more substantial) are split like pitas to house your choice of meats and veggies. We like plantains in ours. Who knew?
131 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 744-9500