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Dumplings in the Triangle

chops Jan 15, 2009 12:54 PM

Asian choices have come a long way over the last few years, but I still struggle to find not only quality dumplings, but a good selection. I live in Durham, but anywhere in the triangle would be great.

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    dinersaurus RE: chops Jan 15, 2009 01:04 PM

    Have you tried Duck & Dumpling in downtown Raleigh? They're entree prices are ...pricey. But if you're just looking for dumplings, you can pull up to their bar enjoy some drinks and snack on some pretty tastey dumplings for a reasonable amount of money.

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      suse RE: chops Jan 16, 2009 05:48 AM

      Try dim sum at Hong Kong on Guess Rd. in Durham. They have them during lunch on the menu, but on the weekend they wheel out the carts.

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        sabarrett RE: chops Jan 16, 2009 06:21 AM

        Lantern in Chapel Hill has excellent dumplings, along with every other delicious thing on their menu. Sneak in the side/back door to the bar, enjoy a couple of great cocktails, and have some of their appies. Last time we were there, we had the vegetarian dumplings, the fatback, and the salt/pepper shrimp with fried cilantro/jalapenos. All superb.

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          suse RE: sabarrett Jan 17, 2009 08:00 AM

          I like the Lantern, but have found their dumplings often oversalted and of course, pretty pricey compared to a place like Hong Kong. I know you're paying for quality ingredients and atmosphere, which is great there - I'm not dissing the Lantern. Jujubee also has nice dumplings in the pricier, more upmarket category.

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            chazzer RE: suse Jan 18, 2009 03:29 PM

            Juijubee's dumplings are O.K. nothing fantastic. Never understood what all the raving was about.

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              suse RE: chazzer Jan 19, 2009 11:08 AM

              I did say "nice" - wouldn't call that raving.

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          Lucydevil RE: chops Jan 16, 2009 06:34 AM

          I recommend getting them at Grand Asia Market. But get there early, they go fast.

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            suse RE: Lucydevil Jan 17, 2009 07:57 AM

            What kind of dumplings do they have at Grand Asia? And when can you get them? I was there yesterday and had a fantastic steamed veggie bun and some dou hua (that fresh, super-soft tofu that you can get salty or sweet) but I didn't see any signs of dumplings.

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