I can't believe I didn't know about this place before. We were wandering around Chinatown this evening and happened across a place called Mother's Dumplings on Huron, north of Dundas.
It is a clean and quaint subterranean space with around 8 tables. the menu is a hodge podge of different items, from various steamed dumplings to panfried onion pancakes.
We ordered 4 items:
- steamed vegetarian dumplings with bok choy, tofu, and mushrooms
- pork and bok choy potstickers
- panfried green onion pancake
- da-lu noodles
The green onion pancake was the first to arrive to the table. I don't generally like this dish (my partner loves it though) but this one was very well done. The pastry was adequately thin and layered nicely with a good amount of green onions in between. It was pan-fried to a perfect crispiness and golden colour. Quite lovely indeed.
Next came the noodles. They were hand-pulled noodles in a thick broth with ground pork, woodear mushrooms, and nappa cabbage. Not at all salty and we detected little to no MSG. The noodles could have been cooked a little less, but otherwise, I can imagine this becoming another comfort food favourite for me.
Next to the table were the potstickers - 10 in an order. Just slightly more oily than I like them to be, but the wrapper was just the right thickness with the right amount of chewiness and they did not skimp on the filling. The dumplings were nice and crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. Very nicely done.
By the time the steamed dumplings arrived, we were full but we had a couple to taste anyway. There are a dozen of the steamed dumplings per order. Again, the wrapper was great - good thickness and good texture. And again, there was a good wrapper to filling ratio.
Service was slow, but very smiley, apologetic, and gracious. We truly enjoyed our experience here. This is a very unique place - we literally felt like we were eating at someone's house. Good, honest comfort food.
The best part is that we walked out of there, completely stuffed, for $20 including taxes and a generous tip.
This place will definitely become a regular haunt for us.