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Aug 17, 2008 08:29 AM

Great dumpling place in North York (Dumpling King)

My SO and I finally decided to give this dumpling place a try after it's been opened for few months. Menu is minimal, with the main focus on dumplings and few side dishes. We ordered the tofu noodle with green onion as a starter and egg with chive dumpling and pork with nappa dumpling as the main. The starter was perfectly balanced with salt, vinegar, and chilli. Dumplings were firm and juicy. Chilli sauce prepared in-house was excellent for dipping. From talking to the owner, his wife (the chef) used to work as a Level-2 chef back in China. Since the couple was from Da-lian, China (famous for the seafood apparently), the couple incorporated the fish dumplings in their menu. That will be definitely on my list for my next visit.

Most dumplings can be prepared 3 ways, steam, boil, or fry. 16 pieces for 5.99 to 6.99. It's located at 15 Northtown Way (south of Finch, off Yonge).

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  1. Ooh, thanks for this, oohlala! Do you know if they sell frozen dumplings? This could save me my trip downtown to Mother's Dumplings.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      yes they do~ it's $1 less if you want to buy them frozen.

    2. Thanks for the tip! This is just down the street from me! I'll be checking it out this week. The fish dumplings sound interesting.

      1. interesting. do they do take out?

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        1. re: s0memale

          they do takeout for sure. The owner even told me that I can call ahead of time if i don't want to waste any time~

        2. How do they compare to Mother's?

          1. We tried this place out tonight and it's very good dumplings! We tried 4 different kinds, the fish (it was ok, another friend found it too "fishy", egg and chive, pork and nava and a mixed seafood (my favorite). They even did one that was fully deep fried, but it took away from the filling flavour. Their cold dishes were very good too. Had the thinly sliced potato strings and a crunchy celery w/ woods ear fungus,, peanuts and carrots. The place is tiny, only seats 18.

            I don't think they have an affiliation to the other 2 dumpling kings in the GTA (one at first markham place, another in scarborough). I think the Scarborough one has similar quality dumplings. I haven't tried Mother's dumplings, so I can't compare.

            Keep in mind that these dumplings are from the mainland China variety, not the typical pot stickers that a lot of other chinese restos serve.

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            1. re: Royaljelly

              Tried this place as well last week. Enjoyed the steamed pork and napa very much. Nice mainland style, worth repeat visits, especially at the price point. Soup noodles with meat were also appreciated. Just a note that there's no a/c, and it was muggy as heck last Monday. Owner seems very nice and eager to please, but speaks limited English.

              For dessert on a hot day, drop by the convenience store across from the restaurant. In the freezer on the left, there's a wicked Korean ice cream snack in the shape of a fish - it's a sort of chewy thin dough wrapping the vanilla ice cream and red bean jelly. Only like $1.19, and it's big and refreshing! Ah, here it is:

              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                The fish snack looks very interesting! Question to all about the dumplings. I have been to the location in Scarborough and found the dumplings to be VERY pork heavy (Royaljelly had noted that they are not affiliated, but this is my only dumpling comparison). I always tend to avoid pork as I find it too salty, heavy and fatty for my tastes, especially when in dumpling form. I noted that you guys mentioned a lot of non-pork options as well (seafood, fish) - are there many non-pork items on the menu as well? It was very difficult last time for me at the Scarborough location in terms of ordering and ended up getting about 4-5 pork dumplings (all of which ended up tasting very similar to me).


                1. re: BokChoi

                  I really liked the dumplings at the dumpling place located on the outside perimeter of Metro Square (beside the Vietnamese restaurant). Remember them to have a number of different varieties that did not have pork (these are steamed dumplings). I had lunch there about 2-3 times a week when I use to work across the street. I liked the leek dumplings best as they balanced out the heavier side of my meal (usually ordered the fried eggplant, onion pancake, and ma-po tofu)

                  1. re: BokChoi

                    Also, going to give Dumpling King a try in the next two week. Have been looking for a dumpling place that's closer to home!

                    1. re: BokChoi

                      Here's a scan of their menu. You can get their dumplings cooked 3 ways... steamed, boiled or fried (and it's completely deep fried!).

                      The owner told us that next time we go, to call ahead and he'd get the dumplings cooked ahead of time for us when we arrive. Of course, my wife speaks Mandarin, which helps.


                      1. re: Royaljelly

                        Much appreciated, Royaljelly. Of the dumplings you've tried, you mentioned them to be a bit 'fishy', but you loved the seafood one. Any other recommendations to try?

                        red_dragon and Royaljelly, are the dumpling kings affiliated (Royaljelly says no, red_dragon says yes) ? The menu appears different than the Finch/Midland location (but I have not returned to the Finch/Midland one in a few years). I found that I did not enjoy the dumplings they served (too much pork). Also, I am shocked – fried usually equals pan-fried with respect to dumplings. Thanks for the heads-up.

                        1. re: BokChoi

                          i talked to the owner why he decided to make a "deep-fried" version since Chinese only either steam or boil their dumplings. He told me because lots of non-chinese loves things deep-fried. Hope that answer ur question, bokchoi

                          1. re: oohlala

                            Interesting - so deep fried to satisfy non-Chinese, but no 'wah-teep' style to satisfy the ghetto-ness of Chinese dumpling goodness? I am just trying to cause trouble now probably. Thanks oohlala

                            1. re: BokChoi

                              I was also expecting the fried version to be pan fried on the bottom, but surprised to see it fully fried. It just didn't taste right dipping in vinegar or soy, and I ended up having to dip it into the sweet sauce that came with our fish appetizer.

                        2. re: Royaljelly

                          Thanks for the menu Royaljelly, now I know what to order before I get there!

                        1. re: pinstripeprincess

                          yess...they're good times. they have them at Galleria, etc. as well.

                        2. re: Chester Eleganté

                          I love those things. They sell those for dessert at Manpuku. I order like, two.