House of Dumplings, Union City w/ pics - Recommended!
House of Dumplings- It's in the Appian Plaza -109 Appian Way off Mission Blvd, Union City. Small parking lot. It's a tiny place only w/ 8 tables: 2-4 top & 6 2-top tables (can be added together). Open for 2 months waitress said.
One waitress only when we went, she speaks English, Cantonese, & Mandarin - she's nice & cheerful.
If you like dumplings they have tons of variety.
We ordered lots:
Seaweed salad $4.95 - very chewy, B. liked it. I thought it was just ok.
Pig ears $5.95 - very chewy, B. liked it, just ok for me.
Fresh cilantro w/ bean noodle $5.95 - another chewy dish, just ok for me. B liked it.
Shanghai soup dumpling (6) aka xlb $4.95 - very chewy & tender pork inside. I liked it ok, not the best. Only black vinegar given on the side, no sliced ginger.
Multi-layer onion pancake $4.95 - bit greasy, but served hot & many layers, not much green onions. I liked it.
Potstickers (6) $5.95 - very tasty. Nicely browned. We liked it.
Hot sauce - Housemade, yummy. Very garlicky & salty - good w/ the food.
So many dishes to try, we will be back.
One unisex bathroom in the back. Credit cards taken. Recommended.
M, W-Sun 11am-9:30pm
House of Dumplings
109 Appian Way, Union City
Got a take-out order today when I was in the neighborhood. The lady that waited on me was super nice about answering my questions.
I got the Tianjin pork buns, six for $6.99. These are similar to gou buli baozi but much smaller. I had one hot and fresh in the car before driving off, and sadly, it wasn't that good. Later I reheated another to give it another try with the accompanying black vinegar and housemade hot sauce, and same verdict. I'll also mention that these are significantly underfilled. The ground pork filling is shrunk back from the large cavity in the middle and much too tightly compacted. I popped one out and the disk is barely an inch across and about 1/3" high. There's way too much bread around this. But I will say that I like the garlicky hot sauce very much.
Also got the spicy beef tendon to-go. This was more satisfying. However, this is not spicy. Thin shavings of barely tender tendon with a mild 5-spice tone and a suggestion of warmth but not spicy hot.
It's quite easy to order here as most of the menu items are illustrated by photos on the wall. I cracked up when I saw the "specials" listed on the white board were: Sweet and sour chicken, Cashew chicken, and Kung pao chicken.
I asked about the three types of Tianjin buns. The first would be the pork-filled buns I bought. The second is the vegetarian version. And the third steamed buns are plain mantoh with no filling.
Tried the Three Flavor Dumplings (pork, shrimp, chives) and the Tianjin pork buns. Both were very good (I had to do take-out -- I'm sure they'd be even better in the restaurant).
The owner was wonderful, very nice and obviously focused on quality. She showed me her fresh chives and the dumplings they were making while I waited. She said she shops daily and that her first priority is keeping quality high.
This place warrants a trial of the whole menu by a dumpling expert!
re: Melanie Wong
I'm not an expert by any means. They were similar to the "pork and vegetable buns" at Shan Dong but a lot smaller, perhaps 3 inches in diameter (?). The filling wasn't as juicy as at Shan Dong, but was very tasty.
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