A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 24, 2018
“Wontons are just Chinese ravioli”

Dumplings is a dish that is sometimes compared to ravioli. “Chinese ravioli” was printed in the book San Francisco’s Chinatown (1936), and the earliest cites usually referred to wonton dumplings. “Jiaozi (Chinese ravioli clipped in vinegar)” was printed in a 1984 book; jiaozi are sometimes called “potstickers.”

“Potstickers are chinese ravioli” was posted on Twitter on November 30, 2009. “Wontons are like Chinese ravioli” was posted on Twitter on February 6, 2013. “Dumplings are just Chinese ravioli. Mind = blown” was posted on Twitter on January 13, 2014.

“Ravioli are just Italian dumplings” is a reverse saying. “Ravioli are just Italian dumplings, and dumplings are just Chinese ravioli” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on April 21, 2018.


Wikipedia: Wonton
A wonton (also spelled wantan, or wuntun in transcription from Cantonese; Mandarin: húntun) is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.

Wikipedia: Jiaozi
Jiaozi ([tɕjàu.tsɨ]) are a kind of Chinese dumpling, commonly eaten in China and other parts of East Asia. They are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year and year-round in the northern provinces. Though considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi are popular in other parts of Asia and in Western countries.

Jiaozi typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together

Google Books
San Francisco’s Chinatown
By Charles Caldwell Dobie and E. H. Suydam
New York, NY: D. Appleton-Century Co.
1936
Pg. 264:
One of the most interesting dishes was Chinese ravioli. These were not steamed as the Italian ravioli is, but fried crisp.

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Inside Los Angeles Chinatown
By Garding Lui
1948
Pg. 183:
Ap Toey Won Ton Chinese Ravioli with Roast Duck
Char Sui Won Ton Chinese Ravioli with Roast Pork

Google Books
Complete Small Appliance Cookbook
By John Roberson and Marie Roberson Hamm
New York, NY: A.A. Wyn
1953
Pg. 138:
WON TONS (Chinese Ravioli)

Google Books
Detroit Guide
By Martin Fischhoff, et al.
Detroit, MI: Detroit Guide
1983
Pg. 76:
The House of Hunan applies the name “Chinese ravioli” to those gingered pork dumplings known descriptively in most Oriental restaurants as “potstickers.”

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All Asia Guide 1984 by Bill Cranfield
Hong Kong: Far East Economic Review
1984
Pg. 117:
For those not on a low-carbohydrate diet, it is essential to sample Peking's jiaozi (Chinese ravioli clipped in vinegar) and baozi (steamed dumplings filled with meat and vegetables)

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China
By Robert Boulanger
New York, NY: Prentice Hall
1989
Pg. 188:
jiaozi Chinese ravioli

Twitter
Ray Pist
@k9leavings
Potstickers are chinese ravioli.
12:56 PM - 30 Nov 2009

Twitter
J-LIST - Your friend in Japan!
@jlist
Eating gyoza now. Just realized that Gyoza are Chinese Ravioli. #cannotunrealize
5:33 AM - 25 Jan 2013 from Isesaki-shi, Gunma

Twitter
Dorian J 💣 💪🏽 🔥
@RetroxSoul_
Wontons are like Chinese ravioli 😳
3:07 PM - 6 Feb 2013

Twitter
Skyler Gisondo
@SkylerGisondo
You guys, you guys… Dumplings are just Chinese ravioli. Mind = blown
10:14 PM - 13 Jan 2014

Twitter
wolfy134
@jenorca
Dumplings are just Chinese ravioli
2:37 PM - 7 Jul 2014

Twitter
sara murphy
@SaharSahar7
OMG dumplings are just Chinese ravioli
7:55 PM - 12 Dec 2014

Twitter
toby’s stepdad
@tobys_stepdad
Potstickers are just Chinese ravioli.
7:21 PM - 11 Oct 2015

Google Books
A History of Chinese Martial Arts Fiction
By Chen Pingyuan
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
2016
Pg. VIII:
What name should you give tangyuan? Should they become “Chinese dumplings” and jiaozi “Chinese ravioli”?

Twitter
Chad Polenz
@ChadPolenz
Pot stickers are just Chinese ravioli
8:12 PM - 5 Feb 2016

Google Books
Tom Fitzmorris’s New Orleans Food (Revised and Expanded Edition):
More Than 250 of the City’s Best Recipes to Cook at Home

By Tom Fitzmorris
New York, NY: Abrams
2017
Pg. ?:
Good pot stickers are very good indeed. They’re Chinese ravioli, balls of meat with seasonings and vegetables wrapped in a noodle disk

Twitter
Peter Jacobson
@PeterIsCheese
Potstickers are just Chinese ravioli don’t @ me
10:26 PM - 28 Feb 2018

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Ravioli are just Italian dumplings, and dumplings are just Chinese ravioli.
submitted April 21, 2018 by tacocollector2
COMMENTS
benny-powers
All of them are just goyishe kreplach

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 • Permalink