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Mother's Dumplings review - Toronto

I sent a friend to check out the fuss and this is what he said:

Yesterday I visited Mother's Dumplings and it turned out to be more of Mother's DUMBblings. I tried five different kinds of the dumplings and they tasted all the same - Tasteless. The won ton soup was really bad. The only good thing is the dirt cheap price. NO WONDER.

I guess you really can't rely on people's opinions and you gotta try things yourself.

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  1. foodsnobz wrote:
    "I sent a friend to check out the fuss..."
    "I guess you really can't rely on people's opinions..."

    An interesting juxtaposition.

    I admit, I'm a fan of Mother's Dumplings, but I haven't visited in several months. I've heard that the quality has been fluctuating since the summer, and am happy to concede that it's not what it used to be. Has anyone else experienced a decline there?

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    1. re: xtal

      Instead you should try Xinmiao (Right next door to Mother's).

      Excellent steamed chicken & mushroom dumplings. Great wonton soup. Tasty homemade garlic chili paste.

      Top notch spot. Very humble, but very delicious!

      The owner is a nice guy too. He makes the dumplings like my Chinese uncle would... if I had a Chinese uncle. All kidding aside, very authentic!

      Xinmiao Dumplings
      77 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T2A8, CA

    2. But you didn't try it yourself, you sent a friend, so is your review really...worthwhile?

      1. Yeah, I hope foodsnobz will follow his own advice and try it for himself. I look forward to a first hand review.

        I went to Mother's for the first time last week. I was alone for lunch, so a dozen leek and pork dumplings was all I could handle. They were very fine and what I would have expected of good fresh dumplings (Very juicy and tasty). The cost was reasonable too at $4.99 and tea was free. My complaint (and this also applies to some other Chinatown establishments) is the presentation of the table condiments. Quite frankly I felt squeemish about using them. I went to another table to get the hot sauce to squirt onto my plate because the container on my table was quite disgusting. I know that cleaning up the containers does not make the contents any better, but I would feel better.... That aside, I would return to try out some of the other dishes that have been mentioned on Chowhound.

        1. I am a fan of Chinese Traditional Bun. Me and my SO have been going there for over a year to get our dumpling fix and the quality of the dumplings have been consistent and superb. I've met the owner on several occasions and he is friendly and eager to explain everything on the menu.

          Chinese Traditional Buns
          536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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          1. re: Ubervache

            I tried out Chinese Traditional Buns last week. The service is quite friendly and you get a sense that the place may be a comfort location for patrons familiar with N. China dumplings and bun establishments in the old country. I mentioned my concerns about the table condiments at Mother's....I felt even worse about them here. I had the pork and leek dumplings and some kind of buns. I prefer the dumplings of Mother's over Traditional.

          2. i also had a bland experience there recently. I've been going to Chinese traditional bun instead.

            Chinese Traditional Buns
            536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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            1. re: JaPe

              I went there last night for the first time, and I quite enjoyed it. The infamous Da Lu noodle dish was very bland at first spoonful, but it seemed to have a flavour that struck perhaps 20-30 seconds after eating and built as I continued. The dumplings I tried were very good. Overall, I'd certainly go back, but next time I'd probably skip the Da Lu, even though I did largely enjoy it, and focus entirely on dumplings instead.

              1. re: vorpal

                Are you referring to Mother Dumplings or Chinese Traditional?

                1. re: pescatarian

                  Oh! Sorry... that definitely wasn't clear, was it? I was talking about Mother's Dumplings.

                  1. re: vorpal

                    No prob! I tried to figure out which one you referring to, but I wasn't sure. Thanks for clarifying!

            2. +

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

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              1. re: JamieK

                I tried Mother's dumplings once and I only like the steam dumplings. The pot stickers (?fried dumplings?) and the boiled dumplings are only so so.

              2. I had a bland experience at Mother's last week. I don't know how anyone gets full after the 12 tiny dumplings, and 24 for 8.75 is pretty steep. Their steamed vegetarian dumpling was also subpar. After the meal, I promptly went to Xin Miao next door to get a couple packs of their frozen dumplings to eat at home.

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                1. re: Westfalen

                  favourite dumpling places in chinatown
                  1. Xinmiao
                  2. Northeast
                  3. Chinese tranditional
                  4. Dumpling house
                  5. Mother's

                  1. re: oohlala

                    forgot to mention 1 to 5, favourite to least favourite

                    1. re: oohlala

                      I second the emotion. Xinmiao rules. Hail dumplings!

                      1. re: lunchhound

                        Does anyone know if Xinmiao uses MSG? Based on the feedback here, I would love to try it, but MSG-free is a requirement. Mother's doesn't, which is why I've been frequenting that place.

                        1. re: vorpal

                          I'm never thirsty after eating there, but he might put a little, i'll ask him next time i go~