Super 88 has let me down-any frozen dumpling suggestions?
Well, due to whatever factors, the Allston Super 88 is still devoid of the Spaghetti Factory pork dumplings. these were always a great go-to party food for large events like the one I'm of course having this weekend.
Any other suggestions as to where I can reliably buy the bulk (50 or 100) count bags? Even the 25? I prefer the Boston to Framingham areas, but will appreciate any and all leads! Thanks!
i second yum yum's suggestion. wang's pork and shrimp are my fav ones in boston(their pork and leek are also excellent; but their pork and 'fennel' [actually my hated dill] i really dislike. Wang's dumpling wrappers never touch a rolling (read compressing) machine so they are especially toothsome, and the ravs cook much faster than the spaghetti factory ones.However, they are $14 for 50.
You can find the Spagh. Factory ones (50 for $3.50)at China International in Burlington, on Rt.3 maybe 10 min. north of 128. Do call first but they 'always' have them.7812730400.the store is in a minimall inside corner and hard to see from the road. it is packed to the gills with all foods asian and keeps long hours. Sun Sun in chinatown prob'ly carries them too.
Mulan in Kendall Sq. has excellent handmade frozen pork and leek and pork and shrimp dumplings but you need to call ahead.
Also, have you tried googling Asian or Chinese food stores in your area?
There is a nice Asian grocery in Brookline Village on Harvard street. They do a brisk business and I saw many women in there doing their weekly shopping. The freezer section was loaded with good things. It's across the street from the post office.
The Russian stores in the area sell some remarkably good dumplings called pelmeni. They're small and light, with pork or veal filling, and taste surprisingly like shumai (my Russian wife says that's because they were originally brought to Russia from China via Mongolia). Traditionally you either boil or pan-fry them, and eat them with butter, sour cream, or vinegar. Personally I like them with sour cream and chives.
You can get them at Berezka, which is a few blocks up Brighton Ave from the Allston Super 88. They're in the freezer case just to your right as you come in the door.
There's a little store on Center Street in Newton (one block south of the Mass Pike, Richardson Street intersection) that has a good variety of frozen chinese dumplings, including in bulk, as well as produce and dried and bottled stuff. I got some spicy shimp ones which are good.
is the spaghetti factory brand different from the "Chinese brand" dumplings? pork/leek combo is my favorite, and I love getting the little mini sized ones.