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northern chinese noodles - pork dumplings

Thi N. | Jan 14, 2004 03:51 PM

wandering around San Gabe with girlfriend late one night. Found a place, called Ming Wa (?) Noodles. I think that's the name.

On Valley, about a block west of Atlantic, in a minimall on the north side of the street. Just past a... car dealership? Something. First minimall on the north side west of Atlantic.

Smelled nice inside, very northern chinese I think. Unique smell. Not the anise/etc. spice mix smell of most Chinese restaurants. The smell of pork and cabbage and vinegar, homey smell, very nice.

Everybody else around seemed to have dumplings on the table, so we ordered: steamed pork dumplings, soup with homemade noodles, hot and sour soup (which seemed to be a house specialty, at least judging from the menu).

Hot and sour soup was strong, stiff, pleasant.

Noodle soup was terrific. Flat, dense, chewy noodles - lovely and handmade they felt - and a clean, fresh-tasting chicken broth. Very enjoyable. Immediately one of my favorite noodles in town.

Dumplings were fabulous. Same exceedingly satsfying, handmade-feeling flour dough on the wrapping, and very sweetly, fragrantly porky dumplings. Taste of gently seasoned pork and sweet cabbage. Girlfriend and I tried very hard not to fight over these.

These are my favorite regular pork dumplings in town - not Shanghai XLB, not dim sum dumplings, but plain hearty dumplings of the sort that I used to call "pot stickers". Favored over Dumpling Master's, Deerfield Garden's, Mandarin Deli's, others.

All good and satisfying, but pork dumplings beg for a near-immediate return.


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