Dumpling Station Truck - in Pasadena right now
- WildSwede Jan 20, 2011 11:27 AM
Dumpling Station truck is currently on Los Robles between Cordova and Green. I can see it from my office window. Doesn't seem to be a line - anyone ever tried them?
A few of us decided to run across the street and try them. Between the 3 of us, we ordered 1 4-piece of pork/leek (pan fried), 1 4-piece of beef/kimchi (pan fried) and an 8-piece of Chicken (half steamed, half pan fried). 1 3-piece order of the cream cheese jalapeno wontons and another 3-piece of the Nutella/banana wontons. And an order of the Garlic/Wasabi Fries and cokle.
My order (pork/leeks, cream cheese and nutella - 3 items total) came to $9 and change. Not sure how much my friends' was - I think I heard $14. Item are around $4.50 for 3/4 pieces. The wontons around $3.50. They have a lunch special of 8 dumplings, order of fries and drink for $9.75.
We were all in agreement that everything was good except we were not crazy about the fries - when touting garlic AND wasabi - it should be really flavorful. These were not.
Personally, my favorite out of the savory options was the beef/kimchi, then the chicken then the pork/leek. I also really enjoyed the cream cheese jalapeno wontons. The nutella/banana wontons were good, but I don't necessarily need to have them again. I would not order the fries again.
The dipping sauce was kind of a dark brown soy/maggi type mixture that seemed to have garlic bits in it which I could drink, no prob.
All in all, I would definitely try it again. As one of my friends said - it is a nice change from the same old same old.
They said that they post on Twitter where they will be, they don't really use Facebook. Someone said they are often in front of the Pacific Asia Museum. They will be on Los Robles until 1:30 - about now.
I've never had anything from dumpling station, but most of my friends have and the first thing they rave about are the garlic wasabi fries. It's a shame that you didn't have the same experience. Hopefully the truck will come my way soon to the South Bay and I can try them for myself.