When I went home for July Fourth, my mom welcomed my brother and me with a delicious homemade dumpling feast. How did my mom, who probably hadn't made homemade dumplings in years, suddenly get the inspiration to whip up over 100 little meat-filled dough pouches? By watching Kung Fu Panda. Yes, a computer-animated movie about a hefty panda discovering his inner kung fu prowess drove my mom to dig into her latent memory bank of Chinese recipes.
In the most dumpling heavy scene, Po (voiced by Jack Black), whose kung fu skills are provoked by the sight of food, must battle against Master Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) to get his hands on the last dumpling. Dumplings are awesome—I can totally relate, except for the part where I'm good at kung fu. Watch the clip after the jump.