Think I posted about eight or nine months ago asking if anyone knew of a place that featured the Fukienese/Fujianese specialty dish, swallow dumplings (kinda like wontons made with wrappers made of meat). There was some discussion about fish skin wontons and if they were the same dish under different name but I never made it to that place in Oakland before I heard they were no longer served.
Anyway, this past weekend I found swallow dumplings at a Japanese food place run by Fujianese people in Daly City. Actually I went there orginally as they used to have a food bar where you can order 3 small plates with unlimited rice porrdige for 5 bucks. But that's been dissmantled and made into a ramen-ya and soup place. They called the swallow dumpling dish "shrimp dumpling with meat wrapper soup". Asked the woman server about it as the traditional Fujianese version does not have shrimp in the dumpling... just pork. She said they added shrimp to the pork to cater to the taste of their mostly Catonese clientele in the area. She said they also decided to fold it over like a dumpling rather than the tradtional way of pinching them together on top. No matter... it was the wrapper skin I was craving for.
The soup was delicate and slightly white in colour. There were about eight large dumplings. The shrimp flavour was a bit odd for me, but the wrappers were delicious. They had that firmness in texture and slightly savory quality missing from dough wrappers. I was in heaven. I'm going to see if I can convince these people next time (if I call ahead) to make some without shrimp and to wrap them the traditonal way.
Tokyo Tempura House
91 Skyline Plz
Daly City, CA
Oh yes, as an aside to Melanie... they are now serving about 6 or so different kinds of ramen. Did not get to try as was fixated on the meat wrappers. The bowls in a passing glance looked not bad and smaller than those at Santa, etc. Will have to try next time.