Almost every national cuisine boasts its own version of boiled dumplings wrapped around pockets of seasoned meat. Pel’meni are the Siberian specialty, now popular throughout Russia. Moscow alone has several pel’mennye, cafés specializing in these dumplings. Pel’meni are practical for the harsh Siberian winter. Prepared in large quantities, they can be buried in the snow, where they keep for months on end, ready to boil up at a moment’s notice.
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