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Tong Dumpling Pot -- West San Jose

The Ranger | Jun 21, 200505:16 PM

[I posted this on on Aug 19. I've become a regular with my most-recent trip as rewarding as my first experience. -- TR]

This dinky, unassuming hole-in-the-wall is where the former "Long Katana" was set up; Bollinger and Miller, facing Miller, behind Rite-Aid and next to the vet's.

Tong Dumpling Pot
6184 Bollinger Road
San Jose CA 95129

There are eight four-seaters with glass tops and condiments at each table. We visited during dinner and had the place to ourselves. What an experience.

The proprietors are gracious and more than willing to chat with you about the cuisine, its history, and might even show you how dumplings are made (great kid entertainment!) Their regular dumpling chef works
daily 9-5. Dumplings are served Chinese-style (boiled) or wok-fried. I much prefer wok-fried, although boiled is good, too.

There are dumplings with lamb, dumplings with shrimp, dumplings with seafood, pork, beef, chicken and even tofu. There are special dumplings (we had the 3 star special (shrimp, pork, and scallion). The pancakes (and not that mu shu flimsy wafer stuff) are thick, delicious, _and_ filling. Egg rolls and soups also help round out the menu.

Lunch prices are very attractive. Dinner portions are 12 dumplings/plate for US$5.50. You can order a bag of 50 for US$11.50 (ish) and take them home or have them delivered. Local delivery is free.

Overall, Daughter-unit Alpha loved the place, from the quick lesson on dumpling making to the point where she expressed she was "full t' bursting." Daughter-unit Beta and Spawn enjoyed the egg rolls and pancakes. SWMBO enjoyed the entire experience, as did I.

The whole meal (two platters of 12 3-star specials, a platter of pancakes and soup) ran us US$24.00 (tip-and-tax included.)

Two thumbs WAY up for Tong Dumpling Pot!

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