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dumpling man and rai rai ken report

Jessica | Jan 18, 2005 04:00 PM

This weekend continued my adventures in ramen and dumplings!

On Friday night I went to Rai Rai Ken with the BF--I was suprised at how small it was. We stood outside debating on whether to go in, if there would be seats, ect. We decided to sit at the window, in the two seats facing the street. We started with the gyoza--they were great, as someone on this board had reccomended. Thin dough, nicely fried, good filling.
We both had the Miso ramen with chicken. I liked this fine enough, but thought the noodles weren't great and the broth was so so--the flavor was enhanced by the chili sauce. I did like that the veggies were cooked thoroghly and the addition of black sesame seeds. All being told, however, Momofuku is tops on my list (however, I have yet to try Minca).

Saturday afternoon went by the Dumpling Man on St. Marks for a snack. I had one of each kind of dumpling, all seared. My favorite, suprisingly, was the chicken dumpling--good consistency and wrapper. I didn't like the wrapper on the veggie dumpling--it was so thick! It reminded me of something I could get at Ollies. I'm not sure about other restaurants ingredients in their shrimp dumplings, but I was expecting 100% shrimp, not 75% shrimp and 25% white fish as the menu says--that sort of turned me off.Do other places use this combo as well? The pork was fine, but sort of flavorless- nothing memorable. I will still go there for a quick cheap bite, but will stick to the chicken dumplings only.

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