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Sep 18, 2006 03:14 PM

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.


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  1. 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.
    Blue Koi
    1803 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 561-5003

    I'm pretty clueless when it comes to authentic Chinese, but this blog from a fellow Kansas City-ian might help:

    1. try Jen Jen- 9066 Metcalf- 91st and Metcalf (hard to see from the road, its on the north side of 91st, westside of Metcalf) many would say its the most authentic chinese food in the city.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: yellowjacket

          They do... have the frozen dumplings, that is.

          1. re: yellowjacket

            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).

            1. re: KCJ

              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.

              1. re: chileheadmike

                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!

                1. re: chileheadmike

                  Thanks! I would say it's good to be back, but I'm still going through post-honeymoon depression! :-)

            2. 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!!


              1. 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.