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Frozen shui jiao from Asian American Foods / Kingdom of Dumpling

Melanie Wong | Jun 27, 202009:02 PM     2

A month ago I returned to Asian American Foods to stock up on frozen dumplings to continue to shelter-in-place. This is the affiliate of Kingdom of Dumpling, the restaurant down the street, though now the signage names this location KoD also, as shown in the photos. The nomenclature has always been rather curious to me, using plural "Foods" and singular "Dumpling". But anyway, Asian American is strictly to-go with a menu of frozen dumplings and a few small eats.

The set-up for social distancing was notable with markers on the sidewalk at 6-foot intervals. The entrance is shielded with a plastic partition to protect the staff from the public. Cash transactions are made by placing currency in a cardboard box that's then pulled back inside.

I bought Pork dumpling with green chives, Fish dumpling with green chives, Lamb dumpling with green vegetable, and Shanghai soup dumpling (xiao long bao). The first three are all shui jiao and recommended. These are boiled from frozen for about ten minutes. They are a bit smaller than other producers, which makes the prices seem on the low side in comparison, and can be eaten in one mouthful. The skins are more delicate and thinner, that speaks to my Cantonese sensibilities, still firmish but not chewy. The fillings taste very fresh, and have less salt than typical, so I used a soy sauce-black vinegar dip.

The Shanghai soup dumplings are not recommended. The wrappers are too thick and doughy. The filling was meager and had little broth.

I'm happy to have these on hand. It's actually kind of hard to make myself cook when I can have a meal so quickly from the freezer.

Asian American Foods
2048 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

Kingdom of Dumpling
1713 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

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