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Palace Dumpling--Delicious and inexpensive (Wappingers Falls)

applesauce23 Apr 11, 2011 07:40 PM

I was happy to see that Palace Dumpling was finally open today after noticing their sign a few weeks ago. It's located in the mini mall between Hoe Bowl and the gas station (Mobil, I think). I think Party City used to be located there in that mini mall.

The decor is sparse to say the least, with a few Chinese decorations here and there...but the menu...the menu!

The dumplings are homemade and very reasonably priced. Depending on the filling, you get a dozen dumplings (the size of gyoza, not har gow) for as little as $5.99. The most expensive dumplings on the menu are the fish w/pork and the fish w/chive versions at $10.99.

They don't have a website, but here are their offerings:

Dumplings (all steamed...fried for a dollar extra):
vegetarian
pork w/cabbage
pork w/chive
pork w/watercress
pork w/scallion
pork w/mushroom
pork w/celery
egg w/chive
egg w/zucchini
egg w/mushroom and onion
chicken or turkey w/cabbage
chicken or turkey w/onion
beef w/onion
beef w/carrots
beef w/watercress
beef w/mushroom
lamb w/onion
lamb w/squash
lamb w/mushroom
lamb w/watercress
pork w/three delicious seafood
shrimp w/cucumber and egg
fish w/pork
fish w/chive

Soups: egg drop soup, hot and sour soup, meatball w/cabbage soup, meatball w/tofu soup
Salads: sweet pepper w/pork, spicy pepper bean curd stick, agai vegetables w/horseradish soures, flavor salad, peking syle vegetables, horseradish cucumber, flavor green beans sheets, flavor shredded potato w/cheese
Noodle dishes: noodle with gravy (your choice of three sauces: egg and tomato; green pepper, eggplant, and pork; and spicy radish, onion w/pork), spicy noodles, lo mein, beef noodle

I didn't see any desserts on the takeout menu.

I bought a dozen pork and chive dumplings and a dozen beef and onion dumplings for about $13. They were prepared in about 15-20 minutes, steaming hot and delicious. The dipping sauce tasted a little like soy sauce with some vinegar. It was great. My husband and I really enjoyed these dishes.

Even though Palace Dumpling has only been open for a few days, it was fairly busy. There were about four other people waiting for takeout orders and two tables of people eating in. I'm really hoping this place does well. With Palace Dumpling in Wappingers and Formosa Cuisine in Poughkeepsie, I'm pretty happy with the direction Chinese cuisine is going in here in the mid-Hudson Valley.

Palace Dumpling
open Monday-Wednesday from 11-9:30; Thursday-Saturday from 11-10; Sunday from 11-9
845-298-8886
1671 Rt. 9, Suite #1, Wappingers Falls

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Formosa Cuisine
11 Marist Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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    Solstice444 Apr 12, 2011 04:39 AM

    Thanks for the report! I've been seeing that "Dumplings!" sign for awhile now, but haven't investigated it yet.

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      cubanat Apr 12, 2011 03:04 PM

      Do they also sell them frozen? great write up btw.

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        applesauce23 Apr 12, 2011 06:33 PM

        Unfortunately, no. But, if you're ever in Englewood, NJ, you should definitely try Best Dumpling. Their frozen dumplings are excellent.

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/best-dumpling...

        Thanks!

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        Solstice444 Apr 20, 2011 05:47 AM

        I tried this place over the weekend. I got an order of pork and scallion dumplings and an order of beef and onion dumplings. They were very good. I liked the pork and scallion better, but maybe that's because that's what I've been used to in terms of Chinese dumpling fillings. The dipping sauce was great, very tangy. The skin of the dumpling was great, freshly made and not too thick and pasty like many other takeout Chinese dumplings. The people working there were very friendly. I was pleased to see that at 4 pm on a Saturday, not a prime eating time, there were 2 people eating in and another person waiting for takeout besides me.

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          joebranc May 8, 2011 11:22 AM

          This place is astonishingly good by any standard. The dumplings, both steamed and fried, are all top-notch fare. It simply goes to your personal taste as to which is best. There are no bad choices. The noodles are plain, not oversaurced. The salads are a little more hit and miss. Nothing bad, just perhaps not to U.S. tastes for some. A standout: the flavor shredded potato and cheese dish. It's studded with cilantro and stays crisp even though bathed in Chinese vinegar. Absolutely addictive.

          Prices are quite low, portions are large and there's something to remembre: This is actual, genuine Chinese food. In other words, food eaten every day by Chinese people, in this case in the north. No Americanized versions of things here.

          1. Mister Meatball May 31, 2011 11:42 AM

            This place is amazing!!! So authentic that I'd never even heard of some of their dishes, let alone eaten them before. And if you doubt my love or knowledge of Chinese food, here's a window into my madness: I rode my motorcycle more than 300 miles (one way, half of it in the rain) over Memorial Day weekend to have a try. Would I do it again? Plans for later this summer are already in the works.

            Go. Now. Before everybody finds out about it.

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              bob gaj Jun 7, 2011 01:46 PM

              finally went down here today with a friend, food was great! had:

              pork / scallion dumplings (fried)
              lamb/onion dumplings

              sweet pepper w/pork salad.

              really flavorful stuff, dumplings were wonderful even without sauce.

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                Fred19 Aug 15, 2011 05:01 AM

                Ate there yesterday and the dumplings were OK. They all looked the same, and it was rather boring. In other restaurants, different dumplings had different shapes. The menu was poorly written and a minimal amount of other types of side dishes such as stir fried vegetables. It was OK to visit once, but I would not be a regular, even if I lived up in Wappingers.

                ~Fred19

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                Elisa515 Nov 25, 2011 02:15 PM

                We went this afternoon on the way home from Thanksgiving. Wonderful! Three of us had four plates of a dozen dumplings (pork, vegetarian, lamb, and beef--two fried, to steamed), a bowl of noodle soup, and the agair salad. Already figuring out how to go again. Such light delicate dumplings unlike those we'd had before.

                Really lovely people who work there, too. Never would have gone into this place, let alone made a detour, without the recommendations here. This is the sort of place Chowhound exists for!

                Please go and keep this place open.

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                  Solstice444 Jan 5, 2012 12:54 PM

                  I want to highlight the bean curd salad! I've gotten it twice now. It has not really a dressing, it's lighter than that, but something is drizzled on it that imparts a wonderful flavor. It's basically bean curd, carrots, celery, and broccoli with a delicious tangy flavor. Yummy and you can feel good about yourself while eating it! I tried the spicy noodles but I wasn't expecting it to be a soup. Huge portion for the price. I liked it but it was mainly just spicy without much flavor. I'll have to get the dumplings again, or one of the noodle gravy dishes.

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                    DGresh Aug 4, 2012 03:35 AM

                    I heard about this place on the "Vassar" thread and made a small detour there on my way home from picking up my son at a camp at Skidmore (I live in N. Westchester). As it was the middle of the afternoon I ordered three kinds of steamed dumplings, refrigerated them when I got home, and then fried up a few of them for us to try at dinner (am saving more for when my daughter comes home tonight). They were absolutely fantastic. Very delicate and tasty. I wished we lived closer.

                    1. chowdom Aug 4, 2012 05:20 AM

                      We stopped at both Formosa and Palace Dumpling dumpling for the first time last Summer. I was totally unimpressed with Palace Dumpling, Formosa on the other hand I thought was wonderful.

                      Even the dumplings I had at formosa were way better than the ones I had at Dumpling Palace. The hot and sour soup at Palace dumpling looked and tasted like flavorless dishwater absolutely awful.

                      pictured:

                      Taiwanese beef noodle soup ( with dumplings)

                      sweet and sour chicken

                      oyster omelette ( order it with the sauce on the side)

                      calamari

                      fried rice

                      BTW I hate sweet and sour chicken and would never consider ordering it but someone in our party did and it was exceptional.

                       
                       
                       
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                        chowdom Aug 4, 2012 05:23 AM

                        fried rice
                        fried calamari
                        I had hot and sour soup that was delicious but didn't photograph it

                         
                         
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                          Elisa515 Aug 4, 2012 07:23 AM

                          Just checking: you're reporting now on a meal you had a year ago?

                          Sorry to hear you had a bad meal at Palace Dumpling. I've been twice (second time I ate there and brought another 4 types of dumplings home for later in the week). The food is good enough that I took a different route home to Northern Westchester from Saratoga on an awful rainy day just to go there.

                          That said, I've only had dumplings, not soup, at Palace Dumplings. Oh, and an odd dish wish of what I thought was agar agar, but it was some sort of pickled large rubbery something, kind of like tree ears but bigger.

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                            chowdom Aug 4, 2012 11:17 AM

                            Yes, I am reporting on a meal I had approximately a year ago, never got around to posting about it. We have been back to formosa several times since but not palace dumpling just didn't like it. The soup seriously made me gag and the dumplings were meh IMHO. I feel the same way about formosa as you do palace dumpling.

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                              Elisa515 Aug 4, 2012 11:54 AM

                              I wasn't criticizing, just checking. Thanks.

                              I look forward to trying Formosa sometime. Could be worth a detour on our drive back from Saratoga next weekend.

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                                chowdom Aug 4, 2012 12:45 PM

                                Totally worth the detour, we sometimes drive up just for lunch on a Sunday. If you do go be sure to order the the beef noodle soup and have them throw an order of dumplings in.

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                              Solstice444 Aug 4, 2012 03:48 PM

                              I enjoyed the hot and sour soup at Palace Dumpling. It's not like the hot and sour soup at Americanized Chinese restaurants. I'll have to try it again to see if they're making it differently - I had it a few months ago.

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                                chowdom Aug 4, 2012 03:53 PM

                                I will never forget what I was served. It was grey thin broth with what looked like small spots of floating congealed egg whites it tasted like vinegar and water, it was putrid. I remember the hot and sour soup ( non Americanized) that I had frequently in Chinatown many years ago and this was not it!

                          2. saturngrrl Dec 23, 2012 04:57 AM

                            Thank you so much for this rec! We took a ride over yesterday, about an hour from home, and we were very happy we did! We got the wonton soup (plenty for two and ethereally delish), pork and chive dumplings, chicken and onion dumplings and the shredded potato "salad." Oh, and the SO got lamb and onion dumplings, too. I can't/don't eat lamb, but he liked them very much. We were in dumpling heaven. I think, though, I liked the wontons even better than the dumplings! But everything was phenomenal, emphasis on the NOM. I can't wait to go back. The decor/space wasn't as bad as I expected, nor were there any service issues. Quite the contrary; our waitress was delightful and prompt, and she had three or four other tables. Loved the whole experience, including the leftovers we brought home. Oh, and they have a website now, with .pdf menus. If you are within striking distance of this place, GO! It's totally worth a trip.

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                              varsitysg Mar 7, 2013 10:36 AM

                              Just went back to Palace Dumpling and was a little surprised when presented with the bill. Within the past week or so they raised their prices by $2 across the board on all dumpling dishes. Pork w scallion up from $5.99 to $7.99. Beef w carrots up from $6.99 to $8.99. Still tasty but a little less of a bargain now. Also, tried the egg drop soup today, which had a nice little kick to it, and liked it.

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                                jayjay Mar 7, 2013 11:14 AM

                                I've was told that because of a rent increase by the landlord, the restaurant had to raise the prices.

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                                  joebranc Apr 7, 2013 10:17 AM

                                  Forgive me, but they went TWO YEARS without raising prices. Do you know what has happened to the price of wheat in the last two years? Not to mention the higher price of virtually all food stuff. My guess is that two bucks across the board barely covers their own cost increases over these last two years.

                                  I think a dozen dumplings at $7.99 is MORE of a bargain today than $5.99 two years ago,

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                                    CTeater Apr 8, 2013 01:30 PM

                                    Completely agree.

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