Eater uncovered the fact that Dumpling House re-opened earlier this week. I had stopped by just two weeks ago and the place was still closed for renovations, but they got everything up to speed as the new store looks much neater and cleaner. I have been coming to this joint for months, and it is nice to see them up again, serving up delicious dumplings. Usually here is where a random story or anecdote is clumsily weaved into the opening paragraph, but I am feeling much too squirrelly to write a proper entry.
Inside the store, it was a jumbled mess. They have two people taking orders in the middle of running around back and forth to fetch what is necessary for your order. After ordering, you get a receipt with a ticket number, but actually they do not follow numerical order. Imagine waiting in line at a DMV, and that pretty much sums it up. The best strategy is to make your way to the middle counter area, and when someone finishes with an order, make eye contact, then show her your ticket number. And then you hope for the best. It does not take that long actually because those ladies behind the counter can hustle.
Just like Eater.com mentioned, the dumplings are four for a dollar, instead of five. Honestly, still stupid cheap if you think about it. They fry the dumplings in a huge flat cast iron pan and for the most part, the underside of the dumpling gets nice and crispy. Caramelization is not uniform for every single dumpling, but you overlook that when the tastiness of the pork and leek greets your taste buds. Think of it as buying four pockets of porky happiness. Another thing to try is sesame pancake with beef, $1.75. The sesame pancake is pan fried as well, and very fresh during lunch rush. You can see them make it in front of you. Pillowy innards matched with a crispy exterior, the pancake is lined with three thin slices of beef. You have to eat it warm to get the full effect, and it is decently filling.
In summary, Dumpling House rocks, and it will cost you about $3 dollars to give it a try if you are ever in Chinatown. Go forth and eat, dear readers.
118 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002
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