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Dumplings in Somerville?

dustycolby2 Apr 19, 2010 01:34 PM

I am in search for really good dumplings in the Somerville/Cambridge area - preferably in the Porter/Union/Davis area. I have been on the hunt for a dumpling that could rival those I used to have in NYC. I am looking for a restaurant that have a variety, and not just pork. Any suggestions??

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  1. yumyum RE: dustycolby2 Apr 19, 2010 01:36 PM

    Well you've come to the right hood. We have excellent dumplings at Wang's fast food (Magoun Square) and also at Quingdo garden (Cambridge, but close to Davis on Mass Ave). You can get a variety of fillings .. my favorite is the pork with fennel .. and you can also buy a big bag to take home.

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      chickendhansak RE: yumyum Apr 19, 2010 02:56 PM

      Agreed on Wang's. Superb and worth going out of the way for. Qingdao's I have not tried.

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        9lives RE: chickendhansak Apr 19, 2010 03:27 PM

        I've bought form Wang's and Mulan and been pleased. Unless you're eating them all at once, I'd recommend using a vacuum sealer. I use Tillia but I'm sure there are other brands..for $100-150. They pull all the air out of the bag and seal it up.The easy part of these dumplings is that you can use the original bag..never freezer burn and minimal deterioration.

        For convenience, I but bulk dumplings in CTown; but they aren't as good as Wang's.

        I've usually used it for fresh caught fish; but it works great for dumplings too.

        A little gagdet that all home cooks should have.

      2. re: yumyum
        gansu girl RE: yumyum Apr 20, 2010 11:22 AM

        Both Wang's and Qingdao are super - we go to Qingdao more often 'cause it's closer to us . . . and we often buy frozen dumplings (and scallion pancakes too) to cook at home.


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          okra RE: gansu girl Jul 8, 2010 07:21 AM


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

          Qingdao Garden Restaurant
          2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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          okra RE: yumyum Jul 8, 2010 07:20 AM

          links above (delete this)

        3. enhF94 RE: dustycolby2 Jul 8, 2010 06:10 AM

          I'm lucky to know Qingdao and Wang's, but seeking a Panda East (Amherst, MA) -style dumpling.

          The potsticker dough is unusually thick and doughy; there's no chance you could see the filling through the dough like you can with Wang's (a wonderful attribute but not today's goal). These dumplings are lime-sized, rather than jalapeno-sized. After cooking, the meat (definitely pork, perhaps beef also) has gelled together into a meatball-like crescent that would hold its shape after biting.

          It's a long shot, but hoping some former Happy Valley-ers can pull through.

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          1. re: enhF94
            StriperGuy RE: enhF94 Jul 8, 2010 07:11 AM

            Go to Chinatown and buy a bag in the freezer section of any supermarket. Those are usually pretty repectable...

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              joth68 RE: enhF94 Jul 8, 2010 07:45 AM

              Not sure where you can get them frozen but South Ocean Chinese Food in southie does them that way. The old pho yuan in medford used to as well. Haven't found any other places in area that have those big ones(yet....)

              South Ocean
              710 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

              1. re: enhF94
                barleywino RE: enhF94 Jul 8, 2010 09:19 AM

                have you tried Winsor's potstickers? they achieve a nice chewiness (with slightly crispy bottoms) without having to resort to thick/doughy skins. not available frozen though (although perhaps if you ask for them uncooked for takeout, they might oblige). if you're really looking for something thick/doughy, try the san-jian bao (pan fried steamed pork buns) from Chung Shin Yuan in Newton (Shangrila might also have these)

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                  itaunas RE: enhF94 Jul 8, 2010 10:47 AM

                  East Asia in Somerville might get you what you want. Smaller than lime size, but thick dough and soft filling, tastier than the generic.

                  East Asia Restaurant
                  868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                2. lipoff RE: dustycolby2 Jul 8, 2010 06:39 AM

                  Wang's and Qingdao's dumplings should blow anything you've had in NYC right out of the water.

                  Zoe's in Somerville also does some nice dumplings, particularly vegetarian ones with very delicate skins. Further afield, Mulan, Taiwan Cafe, and Jo Jo Taipei do a variety of nice dumplings too. I need to try Unique Dumpling in East Cambridge more than once.

                  For "thick", doughy dumplings, the Hong Kong restaurant in Harvard Square makes surprisingly decent ones.

                  JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
                  103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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                    justbeingpolite RE: lipoff Jul 8, 2010 10:28 AM

                    Formosa Taipei in Lexington makes a good, small pork and cabbage dumpling. They were selling bags of them, but stopped while they were getting up to speed at their Nashua location. Anyone know if they're selling them by the bag again?

                    Formosa Taipei
                    315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

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                    givemefoodnow RE: dustycolby2 Jul 12, 2010 11:12 AM

                    The Chinese Vegetable dumplings from Wang's rock my world! End of story

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                      SmartChow RE: dustycolby2 Jul 12, 2010 01:11 PM

                      I second Qingdao and Wangs - can't get any better. I also really like the momos at Martsa and House of Tibet in Davis and Teele squares respectively.
                      Frozen dumplings are pretty good at Trader Joe's, H-mart or Super 88. But Wangs is better!

                      Trader Joe's
                      1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                      1. yumyum RE: dustycolby2 Feb 7, 2011 09:19 AM

                        Bumping up an old thread, but I got some frozen dumplings from Wang's for my Chinese New Year / super bowl party and they were a huge hit. I got pork with fennel (my fave) and vegetarian spinach, and followed the friendly owner's directions as to how to boil em up ... big pot of boiling water, add dumplings, when they float turn down the flame and cook for 8 - 10 mins. I made a simple dipping sauce and darnit if those things didn't disappear as quickly as I could set them down.

                        btw, the pork with fennel are exceedingly dill-y (as in the weed) and just superb. I think the "fennel" in the title is a misnomer, so if you are expecting a delicate licorice taste don't be surprised that they are quite different. Bottom line, they are mighty.

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