what happened to fried dumpling on allen street
i went by about 2 weeks ago and they were closed. do they have limited hours, only open for dinner, or are they not open certain days of the week?
thanks so much.
To the untrained eye/palate, Vanessa's dumplings might seem better. However, if you watch them prepare the dumplings, you'll see that they use way too much oil, and the dumplings themselves have a much thicker skin than 99 Allen Street dumplings. The properly constructed fried dumpling (guo tieh) has a thin, almost translucent skin with a delicately crispy bottom, to reflect the correct method of cooking them (i.e., fry-steam method). Furthermore, the traditional shape for guo-tieh is oblong, more like a hot dog, rather than a miniature, overstuffed empanada. Vanessa's has lots of good stuff, but I believe their fried dumplings are inferior to those of 99 Allen Street (now of 40-04 Union Street in Flushing). I too lament the move to Flushing as it will now take me longer commute to get my dumpling fix. boo-hoo.
They reopen in Queens 2 weeks ago.
Fried Dumpling Shan Dong
40-04 Union St, Flushing NY 11354