Chinese dumplings (potstickers) in KC?
I just moved to Kansas City this summer from Dallas. I was fortunate in Dallas to live near a Chinese Bakery/Restaurant which specialized in dumplings. You could either eat them there or purchase uncooked, frozen dumplings to steam or fry at home.
My family is now suffering from "potsticker withdrawel" and we want to find another source of these homemade dumplings (preferably pork and napa cabbage...a fav of ours). Can anyone help me with a good place to find these?
I'm also interested in learning about authentic Chinese and Thai restaurants to eat in the area. I live in Overland Park.
Oh, and Bo Ling's is owned and managed by Richard and Teresa Ng. I believe they're of southeast Asian origin, k_d. Many of the cooks there are actually Hispanic, as are many, many cooks around town. I've heard their dim sum chef is Hong Kong trained, though I don't know where he's from.
There's a good Vietnamese restaurant in Columbus Park neighborhood. I'm sorry I don't recall the name or exactly where, but it's near Kim Long on 5th. Ask at the market, and they will know, I'm sure. One thing is that elderly Vietnamese men seem to gather there to smoke and drink coffee and chat, but they have always courteously put out their cigs when I enter with my 65 year old mom. (Chivalry ain't dead!) They aren't so considerate when I'm just with girlfriends, so bring an older woman along with you if you don't like smoke with your food! Some dishes can be a bit greasy, be farewarned. Their pho is very middle of the road, and a good intro for neophytes. Garnishes are fairly generous. Their crepe (banh xeo) is good too--lots of shrimp and pork.
One word about dim sum at Bo Ling's Plaza location. Go on Saturday or go before noon on Sunday for best service. It can get crazy crowded when the weather cools, and they will run out of certain items. Also, sometimes the steam carts will overcook items by 1 pm, and unfortunately, they aren't the greatest at quality control. Flabby rice noodle wrapping on dumplings and chiang fun is funky stuff. (I hope I spelled that right!) They do sticky rice in lotus leaf fabulously, and their jook is tasty.
The big Asian market in the City Market is now at 2nd and Grand. It's called Chinatown Market and is owned by the same people as the one in the market. That spot is going to be occupied by a branch of BoLing's. Chinatown Market is really an international store, with Indian and Hispanic products being offered as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, Filipino and Indonesian products. Their produce selection is good and they carry fish and meat. I like their housewares department. Very good prices. I cook for a living and use lots of bamboo skewers and can get them in all sizes at Chinatown for far less than I can order them. Another very good market in the area is Kim Long. It's in the old Jennie's Italian restaurant building and 5th and Cherry. That is one of the cleanest, most organized Asian markets around. Both markets have a variety of frozen dumplings and other dim sum type items.
The best selection for frozen dumplings and frozen Asian snack things is at Oriental Supermarket, 104th and Marty, right off Metcalf. They have mind boggling freezer cases. I always buy too much!
For Thai cuisine, try the Thai Place venues and Arun's Thai Grill, all owned and operated by Ann (Arun) Liberda and her family.
The original shop is located in Louisburg Square on Santa Fe (a few blocks west of Antioch) and has been in operation for probably 20 years or so.
In the past few years they've opened in Westport, Downtown and South Overland Park with more planned. I think they also have a new restaurant in Blue Springs, or perhaps it's opening soon.
This is difficult. As an ethnic myself, I never know if you're asking for Real Authentic, or Dallas Authentic. They aren't necessarily the same.
Bo Ling's handsdown is the best authentic Chinese dumpling place around KC. It's run by Northern Chinese, as far as I can tell, but their Cantonese interpretation of dim sum is excellent. And after all, potstickers are a Northern dish. I just don't get, myself, how a Japanese restaurant can do Chinese dumplings.. but o well. A lot of the cooks in central north America don't even have Asian roots (more like the other Americas ...) anymore.
The frozen dumplings are often done in San Francisco (another good source city) or Chicago... good, but less good. And if that's all your local restaurant is serving, go to the nearest Chinese supermarket and buy the same frozen goods and steam them yourself!!
Blue Koi is a good suggestion. Genghis Khan (their sister restuarant) is also very good, but I'm not sure about the dumplings there and I wouldn't say that it's very authentic. It's Mongolian Barbecue.
I love the potstickers at Matsu, a Japanese restaurant in Westport. (I guess they're actually gyoza.) You might try Bo Ling's. Very good authentic Chinese and great dim sum but I think it's only on the weekends. There is a Bo Ling's right off the Plaza, and there are other locations throughout the metro area, but I'm not sure where exactly.
Also, there's a good oriental market in the City Market. I wouldn't be surprised if they had frozen dumplings there.
The big Oriental market in City Market is now closed. I'd heard rumors that they were planning to close but I saw for myself that the space is vacant last week when I was in the City Market area.
Not sure if they moved or just closed down entirely.
Personally, I'm rather fond of the Vietnamese steamed dumplings at Hien Vuong in City Market (western edge of the Square).
NO!!! First Boardroom BBQ and now the giant Chinese Mkt. Jane you are the bringer of bad news.
The Thai Place at 87th and Farley in Overland Park rules. I especially like the seafood in yellow curry, Thai hot of course. Shrimp, scallops, mussels, squid, and "Krab" (wish they'd just not), in super hot yellow curry sauce. Great stuff, they'll tone it down if you like.
Welcome back Katie, and congrats.
Chilehead - Just as long as you don't shoot the messenger!
I hate reporting on favorite places that are now gone -- but perhaps someone has good news about that Oriental market reopening elsewhere.
Or maybe someone will enlighten us about some great Asian markets we'd not been aware of before, huh? One can hope!
There are a lot of choices for dumplings at Blue Koi, though I don't like their dipping sauce as well, their dumplings are good.
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