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Oct 28, 2007 08:22 PM

Best dumpling place (better than mother's, dumpling house, and chinese traditional bun)

Xin miao Dumpling Restaurant (2 doors down from Mother's dumpling), practically unheard to most dumpling lovers. After been eating northern style dumplings for over 20 years, I can swear by my life that this place makes the best dumplings in chinatown! WHY?

1. Owner's from Shandong province, birth place of northern style dumplings. None of the other owners from mother's, dumpling house, and chinese traditional bun are actually from shandong.

2. homemade chili sauce (ground fresh chilli and garlic). For those who don't know about authentic northern style (Shandong) dumplings, garlics are consumed RAW along with dumplings. Your significant other or date WILL hate you after, but you will reach nirvana with the chilli sauce. Remember to ask for it if it's not on the table.

3. When the clients are mostly northern chinese, you know you hit the jackpot.

4. Owner used to be a law professor, nothing's more appetizing while discussing law during your dumpling consumption.

Menu is simple, but everything is good. Decor is minimal and service can be slow (because it's a one-man show). However, if you want the best orgasmic dumpling experience in your life, the wait will be worth it.

For those who have not tried the restaurant, please do so and if you think i'm wrong, feel free to rebut. If you haven't, please do not write back and say "Mother's dumpling is my favorite one". I look for the challenges.

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  1. One more note to add, prices are cheaper than the 3 other dumpling places mentioned above and all include taxes.

    1. I'll admit to being a big fan of Mother's and Chinese Traditional, but I'm always open to new places.

      Is this place at ground level? or downstairs? Do they have items other than dumplings on the menu?

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      1. re: xtal

        It's at the lower level and the restaurant does serve noodle and some apps, but the main focus is still dumpling (boiled, pan-fried, and steamed). I did not get to try the noodle last time, so I cannot comment on the quality.

        There's actually a noodle dish called "Californian noodle", if you do get it, please let me know how it is

      2. I actually love this place. It's SO mainland Chinese, it isn't funny. And yes, their stuff is indeed authentic. I prefer their food to Mother's Dumplings, even though that isn't an popular opinion around here. The slow service does grate, but the prices are great.

        1. Please recommend some of your favourite dishes there. I baseline against the pork&chive but what else is good?

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          1. re: orangewasabi

            we did not try the boiled dumplings with pork and chive, but the pork and cabbage ones were sublime, chewy wrapper with juicy filling, heavenly~ We also had the pan-fried dumpling with pork, chives, and shrimp. The dumplings were made in longer shape, which is what pan-fried dumplings supposed to resemble. Chives were not overpowering, I could still taste the pork and shrimp.

          2. Can someone please link to the address - very eager to try this spot. Thanks!

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            1. re: JonasBrand

              I've tried to create a place link but I cannot find any information on address or contact info on Canada411 or other sites. Not with the spelling of the name provided.

              1. re: JonasBrand

                Just go to Mothers and look to your right. It's two doors down in the same tiny stripmall.

                1. re: orangewasabi

                  Thanks! Found it. Will give it a try soon and report back.

                  Here is a link to Mother's Dumplings to help others find it.

                  Mother's Dumplings
                  421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA