Oh, dumpling, my dumpling, you make my heart sing.
I’d rather eat you than most anything.
Whether you’re filled with soup, or veggies galore
I’ll eat myself sick, and still want some more!
You’re so very small, but your flavor’s not fleeting.
Here are the places where you I’ll be eating.
If you’re into Chinese food and live in NYC, do yourself a favor and make the trip to Flushing, Queens. On every corner you’ll find Chinese delicacies that make your mouth water (check out the food courts in New World Mall and Golden Shopping Mall for an unexpected collection of incredible food, nothing like the Panda Express you’d find in your local mall, I promise!) For dumplings, go to White Bear, and order the spicy wontons. These little morsels are worth the trip. Enough said.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Tucked away on windy Doyers Street in Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is just plain perfect. Their Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf dumplings and Vegetarian dumplings are stand-outs among a ton of tasty treats. Both are delicate and subtle, and have a way of leaving you just hungry enough to keep on ordering food.
Dim Sum GoGo
My best friend and I frequent Dim Sum GoGo so often that the servers know us, and preemptively bring doubles of the three scrumptious complimentary dipping sauces that they provide; the first, a green, ginger and garlicky paste; the second, dried pork soaked, shredded and soaked in some delicious oil; and the third, a mysterious orange liquid, subtly sweet and refreshing. Every single dumpling on the extensive menu is scrumptious, but definitely don’t skip the Mushroom Dumplings, the Duck Dumplings, or the Bamboo Heart Dumplings.
The standard go-to soup dumpling spot in Manhattan is Joe’s Shanghai, where diners face long wait times and are seated at communal tables, in typical Chinese fashion. M Shanghai, just over the Williamsburg bridge, serves up dishes that are just as good, in an atmosphere that’s just a tiny bit more chill. They still have shared tables, but the dining room is spacious, and the cocktails are worthy of a taste. Their soup dumplings are listed on the menu as “Steamed Juicy Pork Buns.” Try the Sautéed Rice Cake with Shredded Pork Shanghai Style and the Sautéed Morning Glory in Smoked Tea Sauce.
Featured photo by Gary Stevens.