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the better dumpling?

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the better dumpling?

foodnatic | Mar 24, 2005 12:39 PM

Hi all, I am reposting this as a new thread because my post somehow is getting lost in all the subthreads. Tips and comments are welcome!

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Hey guys,

I'm a little confused... I really don't understand what's great about dumpling man? I finally went there after reading so many rave reviews about them --especially on this thread -- and wasn't that impressed. I do admit that being able to mix and match dumplings was pretty fun. I ordered 2 chicks, 2 shrimps, and 2 veg. The skins were very thick and chewy, but more in a pasty way, instead of the al dente feeling that asians love. My friend had the pork, and we couldn't really tell the difference between the chicken and the pork fillings. As for the shrimp, I don't know if I like the taste of little frozen shrimpettes.

I am also hearing good things about Sun Dou and some place on Eldridge. I've been to Sun Dou several times. Their dumplings are the boiled kind, with traditional chinese fillings. Pretty standard stuff that never fails to leave one with chive breath. It's a reliable place when you're not feeling adventurous.

As for Rickshaw, I did like their fried duck dumplings. Has anyone ever thought of how much work goes into each mouthful of neatly shredded duck-meat?? It is almost equivalent of duck confit, and yet they sell the dumplings for $5?? I don't know about you, but duck for $5 feels like a real steal to me. Like other hounds, I also like their chicken dumps. Love the lemongrass flavor, but when I had them, they were a tad too sweet. Maybe I just like these dumplings because they are different?

just my 2 cents!
happy chowing!
p.s. would love to hear about any other great dumpling places or houndish dumpling thoughts!

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