Had a great dinner at Gou Bu Li last night. Two of us shared an order of three delicacy buns (shrimp pork and chicken). These came out steaming hot with a delicious dough which was not too thick and a juicy, flavorful filling. We also had the homemade noodles with vegatables. The noodles were great. Thick and chewy. BUt I felt the dish was somewhat flavorless. Finally we had a mystery pork dish. I asked about the specials on the wall and the waitress said she couldn't translate them, so I asked for a suggestion and this is what we got. Any input on what it might be called would be great, because the dish was delicious. It was shredded pork in a slightly sweet brown sauce over slivered scallions. It was served with these wierd rubbery wrappers that we were told to put the pork in. Neither of us loved the wrappers, but the pork itself was quickly devoured.
Two other observations. 1) there was only one other table of diners at 9:00. Is that usual? 2) The other table had a huge hot pot. I was told it is about $16 per person. Anyone know what this comes with. It looked like they had a ton of food.
My final question is about the row of dumpling shacks on the north side of 40th Rd, just west of Main St. They all seem to have a simialr menu of buns, dumplings and soups, but are any of them much better than the others? And how do they stack up against the dumpling places in Manhattan like Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry?
Oh, and if you are wondering, Gou Bu Li is located at 135-28 40th Rd.