January 6, 20154.0
Dumplings, dumplings, and oh yeah dumplings
I was here for supper. I was the first to arrive from my group, however the restaurant said there was no reservation for us. Then the reservation was magically found, but it was noted as being half an hour later. Despite the mixup, the waiter invited me to sit down, and when another table left, he put together seating for all of us.
There is a selection of flavors: beef, pork, lamb, seafood, and a few vegetable, each in combination with onion, curry, coriander, etc. You get 15 dumplings per order, and you can choose them steamed or fried. They do not come with any side dishes or sauces. You can add soya sauce or malt vinegar at the table, to cut the richness. What we did is each person picked a flavor, and then passed around the plates, so we got a taste of everything. The vinegar goes really well with the dumplings.
The dishes arrived gradually, piping hot. The steamed ones challenged our chopstick skills. The fried ones stuck together and we had to use a fork to pry them apart. But the efforts were well rewarded, as every selection was flavorful. I lost track of how many I ate! Watch out for the super-hot centers, especially the tiny bit of boiling oil in the fried dumplings.
Dessert wasn’t available, though there was ice cream listed. It was more appealing to stroll through Chinatown and visit the Chinese bakeries. I found the dumplings interesting and I might return.
Dishes I tried:
pork and leek
beef and curry
beef and coriander
pork, seafood, and mushroom
This was offered as a vegetarian dumpling. The filling was dark and had a different texture from the meat dumplings. It was my least favorite choice.