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Super 88 has let me down-any frozen dumpling suggestions?

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Scortch Nov 5, 2008 07:39 AM

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!

  1. lschow Nov 8, 2008 04:14 AM

    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.

    1. steinpilz Nov 6, 2008 01:08 PM

      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.

      1. galangatron Nov 5, 2008 12:18 PM

        try the actual chinese spaghetti factory in newmarket square. you can also buy frozen handmade dumplings at qingdao garden in cambridge, wang's fast food in somerville, mulan in kendall sq, and beijing star in waltham

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          Scortch Nov 6, 2008 09:26 AM

          Beijing Star does frozen? I'll have to check into that.

          Thanks to all so far with this. It's the usual party crunch and the tips are all appreciated! The info on pelemeni is particularly welcome! I'll have to try those just 'cause!

        2. BobB Nov 5, 2008 10:45 AM

          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.

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            Allstonian Nov 5, 2008 11:02 AM

            Berezka is actually on Commonwealth, just off Harvard Avenue. There are also giant bags of frozen pelmeni at Bazaar International, on Cambridge Street roughly across from Cafe Brazil and Grain & Salt.

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              BobB Nov 5, 2008 12:29 PM

              You're right, of course, it's on Comm Ave. That's why my wife is the navigator when we go anywhere!

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              opinionatedchef Nov 5, 2008 01:01 PM

              thanks so much for teaching me about these. I was unaware of them. Their character and history make perfect sense. I assume you buy your butter there? Russian butter-the one in the paper wrapper- is super.

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                BobB Nov 5, 2008 01:11 PM

                Actually, no - I'm addicted to Kerrygold salted, while my wife prefers Kate's unsalted. We're a two-butter household.

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              macadamianut Nov 5, 2008 10:43 AM

              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.

              1. opinionatedchef Nov 5, 2008 08:43 AM

                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?

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                  greygarious Nov 5, 2008 11:30 AM

                  It's China Merchandise in Burlington, and it is less than a mile north of 128. Look for the high school playing field on the left. Opposite is a strip mall with a credit union out front. It's in there.

                2. yumyum Nov 5, 2008 07:44 AM

                  If you can get over to Wang's in Somerville, you can buy bags of their frozen (and exemplary) dumplings for small money. I love the pork and fennel, but the pork and leek and the vegetarian ones are great too.

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                  Wang's Fast Food
                  509 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

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                    9lives Nov 5, 2008 04:21 PM

                    The Spaghetti Factory sells them on Essex St...next to the old Super 88/now Cmart.

                    Better is found at Wang's or Mulan's. Mulan's has them on the to menu; but I'd probably take OC's advice and call ahead.

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