With The Rogue's list in hand, we headed out yesterday for Banh Mi. But as we passed Excellent Dumpling House (111 Lafayette), we remembered that a friend we trust had recommended it. So much for sandwiches.
First, an order of Steamed Shau Lon Pau -- 8 good-sized pork-filled dumplings with not too thick white wrappers. Nice and juicy, well-flavored with a little ginger, no filler. $4.25
Then: Duck with Eggplant Casserole. (relatively expensive at $10.50) Listed as hot & spicy, but not; still, very flavorful. The eggplant was sweet and soft; duck not very fatty at all, a little chewy; some very small pieces of black fungus for a nice tiny crunch; the sauce pretty much a standard brown sauce, but well-balanced with sweet, spice, and seasoning. The best part: where the eggplant had caramelized against the side of the casserole. Mmmmmmm!
I'd had enough, but my SO was still a bit peckish. So we ordered Chicken Dumpling Noodle Soup ($4.50). Four tasty chicken-filled dumplings in the thin, yellow wrappers; a lot of nice chewy udon (a little bland to me, but he liked them); and a mildly chicken-y broth. The surprise was LOTS OF GARLIC! By the time we finished it, he was fine and I was stuffed. (But before the Knicks game, he could have a bowl of pozole at Los Dos Rancheros; all I could manage was a strawberry batida)
So on this one visit, we thought Excellent Dumpling House was, well yes, excellent. Anyone else?