Mother's Dumplings: Not just for dumpling cravings!
My most recent visit to Mother's Dumplings was fantastic, despite the fact we didn't actually have any dumplings whilst there. Here's the report.
A friend and I decided to go for a late dinner one Friday some weeks ago. We were quite hungry, as we had both been working late.
We wandered to Dundas and Huron, and slinked down the small stairway to Mother's. We were greeted by a restaurant that had three of its six(ish) tables open. We perused the menu, and decided on a five items. Here's a dish-by-dish synopsis (prices are approximate):
i) Green onion pancakes
Crispy on the outside, while being thick and chewy. A texture unlike the flakier ones I'm used to, but these were very good. $3
ii) Tomato & egg soup
A hearty soup with lots of excellent items floating about. A large serving size meant that we didn't get to finish this one, and I think we ordered the small... $5
iii) Juicy pork Buns
Perfect little pork buns with a bit of soup filling. Chewy and soft skin, and a delicious interior. These were served at roughly the temperature of lava. $5
iv) Da Lu noodles
This is possibly the best noodle dish I've had. Ever. Handmade wheat noodles in a delicious broth with plenty of pork and vegetables. It sounds pretty straightforward, but the delicate flavours in this dish prevented me from reaching for the chili sauce. That is a first. Plus, it was a huge bowl, and could easily feed two on its own. $5
v) Pork and chive dumplings
Though this was the item we originally came for, they were sold out and let us know partway through our meal. We gleefully cancelled the order, as we were having trouble finishing the table of food we already had.
We left stuffed and very satisfied. Dinner for two with tax and tip came to roughly $25, an excellent value.
I had a delightful time at Mother's, and am looking forward to my next visit. I can see myself having some dumplings, the noodles mentioned above, and exploring one of their other pancake offerings. That is, if I can rustle up a dining companion...
Dundas & Huron
(a few steps north of Dundas, on the east side)
There were two pancakes in the serving. They were about 15cm in diameter, and were quite thick and substantial. I think they had three or four noodle offerings. The Da Lu option was the only one whose ingredients was not apparent from the name so we went for it. I believe that they're all handmade in-house though, and they're all around the $5 mark.
mother's is great and cheap just don't go there is you have any time constraints - they prepare the meal in the back on a 4 burner stove like the one I have at home so while delicious it can take awhile to get all you ordered. Also best to chare as there is no order to how things arrive - you might be left hungry while the rest of your table eats!
Do you think a vegetarian would be suited there? He's not a strict vegetarian (if noodle broth was made of animal products, thats fine), so long as the meat is separable from other food, he's okay. Are there veggie dumplings?
I'm a vegetarian (mostly) and I found plenty to eat at Mother's Dumplings. The chive dumplings and tofu-mushroom dumplings are amazing, and the green onion cakes are vegetarian as well. If your friend eats fish, the shrimp, egg, and chive dumplings are divine. Here's my complete write-up of a Mother's Dumplings visit from a little while back: