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Aug 14, 2009 06:33 PM

Where to buy home-made Chinese dumplings in Philly?

Does anyone know where I could buy a bag of home-made Chinese dumplings in Phili? I'm looking more for the standard guo tie dumplings, but I suppose I wouldn't mind getting the soup (xiao long bao) dumplings, if sakura or dim sum garden sold them.

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    1. Hong Bao, on 11th just south of Race. Kind of salty though. Also, wish they had a vegetable version.

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      1. re: Dib

        Thanks Dib, I'll be in Chinatown today and will check them out.

        1. re: fivefivefive

          Dib, thanks for the heads-up on Hong Bao. Tried the dumplings over this weekend; they were simple, but homey and I actually didn't quite find them that salty.

          I'm curious. Have you tried any of their dishes and have any opinion on them? I tried a noodle soup while I was there, which was only ok, but I was intrigued by the fact that they actually make their own noodles in their noodle machine.

      2. Not to hijack this thread, but I'm curious if anyone out there has a favorite brand and type of frozen dumpling available at the local Asian markets. I frequent the H Mart, but I'm never sure which brand to buy, and am frequently disappointed by what I've brought home. Years ago there was a very small Asian market behind Ponzios in Cherry Hill that sold the most delicious home made dumplings I've ever had. I remember they came in a tin foil container, with a clear plastic lid. There were maybe 12 to a package. I also remember the package said they were made in Brooklyn. There was a vegetable and a pork variety. Does that sound familiar to anyone? I do love some great dumplings, but don't always want to run out to a restaurant to get them.

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        1. re: mschow

          Mmm, those Cherry Hill dumplings sound like what I was hoping to find in Chinatown. Btw, I've picked up some dumplings from Hong Bao, but have yet to try them yet.

          Regarding store-bought ones, I usually go for the Weichuan brand, specifically the Shandong or the high-end ones ( In general, I find that with the store bought dumplings, they hardly stand up eating on their own. Usually, I need a decent sauce, like Chinkiang vinegar, or I eat them in a noodle soup.

          1. re: mschow

            FYI, that Cherry HIll Asian market closed at least 5 years ago.

            1. re: discndav

              correct, it was at least that long ago that the Asian market in CH closed. But I still remember the dumplings, they were that good!