Dumpling House: Unassuming Dumplings
Do you do dumplings? You know, those little pockets of goodness that are oh so tasty? Almost every culture has some kind of similar dish… whether it’s a gyoza, potsticker, perogy, etc… Well, let me tell you about a little spot in Vancouver appropriately called Dumpling House.
Located on Kingsway, this rather nondescrit spot serves up your choice of Northern Chinese style dumplings either boiled, steamed, or pan-fried. I showed up here in mid-March for an early dinner and I was the only one there. The friendly lady that runs the place seemed to be surprised that I knew how to use chopsticks.
I wound up ordering the Chive, Shrimp, and Pork Dumplings ($19 for 18 pcs) and asked for them to be pan-fried. I also ordered the Chili Roasted Eggplant ($7) as a side dish. If you like super tender eggplant, you’ll like this dish. But if you’re one of those people who doesn’t appreciate the somewhat mushy texture of eggplant, you might want to pick another dish.
They provide vinegar sauce at the table and they also have chili that you can add to it to kick things up a notch. The dumplings had a slight crispness to the bottom while the wrapper still retained a bit of chewy goodness before getting into the filling. Speaking of the filling… it was juicy and I accidentally squirted juice all over the table on a couple of occasions. Honestly not sure how I didn’t get the juice all over myself.
Overall, the dumplings are pretty good and there’s a lot of dumpling variations to choose from (albeit they’re all fairly similar). However, being able to specify how they’re prepared makes a difference (ie. boiled vs. steamed. vs pan-fried).