Dumpling Diary

Dumplings, dumplings, dumplings, oh how we love these little doughy things wrapped around some kind of delicious filling. Some take the dumpling and elevate the concept, some take the traditional version and find a way to make it extra yummy. Following are some of the best New York City has to offer in my humble opinion, one for every day of the week!

Monday: Cafe China

Mondays are rough, so it would only be fair to treat yourself by starting off the week with the best. Cafe China is located in Midtown Manhattan and dons a Michelin Star! One of my all time favorite dumplings are their Pork Dumplings in Chili Sauce, it has an unexpected kick to it. In perfect balance, the Crystal Shrimp Dumplings are light and delicious. It’s a must in my book…

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Tuesday: Rice And Gold

Once the shock of Monday wears off, it’s time for some soup dumplings! Rice and Gold in Chinatown have an excellent little basket filled with these delicacies. The Pho Soup Dumpling with holy basil, shaved onion and pickled chili is sure to make your (Tues) day.

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Wednesday: Nom Wah Tu

Did you say hump day? Or Dumpling day? Same difference. Grab some excellent dumplings at this little joint on the Lower East Side. The Pork Soup Dumplings and the Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf Dumplings are sure to please.

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Thursday: Drunken Dumpling

Maybe by Thursday you only want one dumpling. One giant dumpling! This restaurant in the East Village serves this XL XLB dumpling, which stands for extra large Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumpling. It’s huge and amazing, use a straw to suck out some of the soup before opening it, this one is fun as well as good. Beware: They only make 25 a day, so be there or be square!

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Friday: Mimi Cheng’s

The end of the week calls for something out of the box. Mimi Cheng does dumplings right, some traditional, but she is best known to come up with some unusual twists, or even dessert dumplings. On my recent visit I indulged in a combo of Mimi Cheng’s Organic Chicken and zucchini dumplings, and the Reinvented Classic Dumpling, consisting of pasture raised pork, baby bok choi and cabbage. I also ordered the daily special, which, on that day, were Brunch Dumplings. The ingredients were: free range scrambled eggs, Maple breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, sprinkled with Everything Bagel Seasoning. Simply amazing.

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Saturday: Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles and Dumplings

Ok, you might need something inexpensive after a Friday night out, but you still deserve top notch dumplings. Lam Zhou in Chinatown offers just that. Traditional and very much in Chinatown decor, their dumpling soup with hand pulled noodles, and the fried pork dumplings will cost you 11 dollars. Best 11 bucks you’ll ever spend, they’re scrumptious.

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Sunday: Dumpling Man

Dumpling Man is downtown, and besides having some of the most out of the box dumplings, you can also have a seat and watch the ladies hand make these asian treasures. On my visit I tried a sampler of pork, chicken, shrimp and veggie dumplings, as well a banana dumplings, which are totally different from anything I ever tried. What a fun joint.

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Hopefully these will make your week!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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