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"100 Dumpling Garden" in Flushing

HLing | Nov 2, 2002 11:49 AM

Yesterday was the grand opening of this dumpling restaurant at 40-59 College Point blvd, (cross street is 41st ave) next door to the Shaolin Temple. They're opened 11 am to 11 pm daily. 718-321-1681. There's no English name that I can see. In Chinese the name literally translates to "one hundred dumpling garden", and the menu is only in Chinese: 18 kinds of pork dumpling, including something such as pork with lotus roots, or pork with carrots; 9 kinds of beef, 9 kinds of lamb, 11 kinds of seafood dumplings with interesting ones such as squid chives dumpling, 7 kinds of fresh water fish dumpling, an interesting one being the pinenuts fish dumpling; 11 kinds of vegetable dumplings, though some may contain dried shrimp bits; 2 kinds of dessert dumpling. The above mentioned are all boiled dumplings. Then there are some appetizers, and 3 types of potstickers, and 2 types of steamed dumpling. Most orders are 10 pieces, starting at $3.50 per order, a few as high as $8.50, but most are under $4.

I was there last night, hungry and cold. Unfortunately they weren't ready for the crowd on this first day. We sat there(listening to someone chopping constantly in the kitchen) for 45 minutes before #61 the egg/spinach dumplings showed up(and after the table behind us left unhappy for not getting their food). This vegetarian dumpling was quite wonderful. The skin obviously hand made and not machine pressed. The dark vinegar on the table was fragrant, the perfect kind. But then, 10 more minutes went by before my #30 lamb/chinese celery dumpling showed up, not thoroughly cooked in the filling. Oh well. I'm still excited about this place though. The quality of food is high. Also, boiled dumplings are still not readily available in Manhattan, and so to have almost 70 varieties of boiled dumplings in one place is just pretty amazing.

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