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Great Vegetarian Dumplings in the Bay Area?

Seems like every place known for its dumplings has outstanding pork, beef, XLB, etc. options but their vegetarian dumplings always are an afterthought? Where can I go to get superlative vegetable dumplings?

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    1. I've had good ones at Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville.

      Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood
      3199 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

      1. Harmony in Mill Valley's Strawberry Village -- went to a vegan reception there, fantastic! Their menu lists lots of choices in dim sum and noodle dishes.

        1. Shan Dong in Oakland (10th St. between Webster and Harrison) offers very good vegetarian dumplings, definitely not an afterthought. You can also buy them frozen to take home and enjoy at any hour.

          1. Yank Sing's vegetarian dumplings are really good. I wasn't super-impressed with their standard dim sum offerings (they're fine but didn't convince me they were worth the premium price), but many of the veg dumplings were ones I haven't seen anywhere else. I esp liked the snow pea shoot dumpling, and the mushroom dumpling (both flavorful fillings encased in a translucent rice wrapper.)

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            1. re: daveena

              A question for you, daveena:
              Did Yank Sing move locations? I'm going to be up in San Francisco next month and I wanted to go back to Yank Sing. I haven't been there in a few years and I vaguely remember the location being near the TransAmerica building. Which location am I thinking of?
              Yep, I'm going for the vegetarian offerings. I'm only in town for one day, via cruiseship, so I want to revisit some of the places my Chinese co-workers recommended to me back in the day.

              1. re: scabbardgirl

                There are two Yank Sings - I've only been to the one in the Rincon Center. Enjoy your visit!

                Yank Sing Banquet & Catering
                101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

                Yank Sing
                49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

                1. re: scabbardgirl

                  You probably remember the 427 Battery location. It closed when they opened the Rincon Center location, 10 years ago.

                  1. re: scabbardgirl

                    If you are on a cruise ship then the Spear Street location in the Old Post Office on Mission near the Ferry Building and Embarcadero is the closest. It is also a little better ambiance-wise and has a slightly bigger selection.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Thanks to all about the different locations now of Yank Sing. I can't believe it's been that long since I've been in San Francisco!

                  2. re: daveena

                    Translucent rice wrapper? Do you mean the same type of wrapper used for the famous Har Gow shrimp dumplings? For the longest time, I thought those wrappers were made of rice, but it turns out that they are made from wheat starch. I plan to challenge making them some time, maybe a dozen at first. I have heard that wheat starch is VERY hard to work with.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      I never knew that! Always assumed they were rice.

                      Will you be posting pics of your homemade dim sum in Home Cooking, a la vliang's adventures in XLB making?

                  3. Try the vegetarian momos at the Taste of the Himalayas restaurant on Lombard. Absolutely delicious!

                    Taste of the Himalayas
                    2420 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

                    1. If they have a good range of dumplings, there will always be vegetarian dumplings among them. Shanghai Dumpilg King, for example has vegetarian steamed baozi, vegetarian shui jiao, and vegetarian potsickers. The fillings are typically garlic chives (jiu cai/gau choy) or Sheppherd's purse (qi cai). The King of Chinese Dumplings has frozen DIY versions of those three, as well.


                      1. Like I said in the link wolfe provided, I like the vegetarian dumplings at Shanghai House. I don't recall exactly what is in them, but the combination is flavorful - the dish is not an afterthought. Unfortunately, I agree with the OP that in many places they aren't that good at all. For example, at Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Millbrae, the vegetarian dumplings are quite bland. I haven't tried Shanghai Dumpling King in SF for veggie dumplings. The frozen veggie potstickers from Kingdom of Dumpling are OK, but not that great, especially compared to the pork potstickers, which I think are the best frozen potstickers available.

                        1. Some great suggestions here ... thanks for the advice!

                          1. If you are not restricted to steamed dumplings, San Tung on Irving Street at 12th has very good vegetarian boiled dumplings. Usually called jiaozi San Tung has several flavors, all fresh made.