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White Bear is a no frills dumpling restaurant in Flushing. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the place other than they’ve got some very good dumplings.
They advertise about having Shan Dong style dumplings; Shan Dong is a province in China and one of the things they are known for is having good dumplings.
The place is basically a tiny rundown white room with about 4 tables and you can maybe fit 8 people in it. Most of their business is take out or people eating quickly. I generally get mine to go and eat at the park down the block.
There is a husband and wife team running the place. I don’t know if they speak English, but everything is written in English, so you’ll be fine by pointing. The woman can be a little surly sometimes, but is generally fine.
On to the food:
- Wontons in Hot Oil: This is the reason I come here. These are boiled wontons filled with pork and minced cabbage. They are topped with spicy red chili oil that I believe is homemade, pickled vegetables and diced scallions. Since they are boiled they won’t be as oily as most dumplings you get at $1 dumpling type places. The skins are reasonably delicate and the filling is always very good, perfectly minced with no odd pieces in it. The toppings are what really make these great; the combo of chili oil and the salty and sour flavor of the pickled vegetables go really well with the dumplings. These are comparable to the type of thing you can get in Asia. I highly recommend trying these. 8.5/10
- Frozen Dumplings: When I’m in Flushing I almost always big up a bag of 25 or 50 frozen dumplings at White Bear. They cook up great either fried or boiled. I usually eat them with soy sauce mixed with spicy sesame oil. These are a great snack at home. 8/10
I highly recommend trying this place out if you happen to be in Flushing and have some room in your stomach. I really think they turn out one of the better quality products in Flushing.
135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354