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Jun 1, 2011 02:41 PM

Good Chinese Food in Park Slope (finally)

I tried the new Dumplings & Things on 375B 5th Ave at 6th St.
Had tasty pork belly bao sandwich, braised beef with noodles. Steamed chicken/shrimp dumplings a bit bland. Other menu items look interesting. This is the first decent Chinese food in the hood since the short-lived Judy's Place years ago.

Dumplings & Things
375 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. How was the pork belly? I've heard that it could be kind of tough.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Miss Needle

      Pretty tender. Not Flushing Mall quality but not bad.

      1. re: Barry Strugatz

        Thanks Barry. Hopefully I'll have a chance to try it soon.

    2. One of the first days they were open, I got one order of pork and chive and one order of beef and kimchee dumplings. When I got home 2 blocks away, we couldn't smell the difference in the boxes.
      They were both steamed. The skins were really thick, and the filling sparse and bland. I have been meaning to try the braised beef and the pork belly though.

      1. Tried the pork belly and braised beef bao and the wontons in hot oil. I preferred the pork belly as I thought the portion of beef was a bit on the skimpy side. The wontons were good, in a mixture of soy, chili pepper flakes and some vinegar (I think). I think I'm a sucker for the Sichuan style wontons in hot oil where it's a bit sweeter, but these were good as well.

        The guy told me that they aren't going to have delivery as there were too many liability issues. But am happy to have them in the neighborhood.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          I liked the pork belly and noodles, better to get with the regular noodles rather than the rice noodles. And I also tried the pork and napa cabbage steamed dumplings which were more flavorful than the chicken/shrimp dumplings. I want to try the Peking duck bao on the weekend. Place is tiny with only a few seats but nice vibe. Not the best Chinese food in the universe but maybe the best in P.S.

          1. re: Barry Strugatz

            What kind of noodles did they use for the soup? Egg noodles? Wonton noodles? Shanghai noodles?

        2. I've had their pork belly sandwich a couple of time and I enjoyed it....

          I miss Judy's, she had the BEST duck sandwich!

          1. Since this post title isn't specifically about Dumplings and things I thought I would chime in here and say that I've had good luck with Sun Luck Kitchen as far as price and good clean taste. Granted they do add western veggies as filler, but this is good americanized takeout- better than the others I have had in the slope area. I ordered
            Subgum Wonton Soup (qt 5.75 came with 4 wontons- skin was a little thick but ok)
            Under Cantonese Style Noodle Soup - Pickled Cabbage with shredded chicken noodle soup (qt 5.00 wanted more pickly cabbage- probably won't order again- especially not with chow fun which were a little thin/weak)
            Choy Sum with black mushroom (qt 9.75- really liked it)

            All in all, this is going to be my go-to ordering place, especially since they were recently added to seamless web.

            As far as Dumplings & Things are concerned, the duck bun is worth going back for. I enjoyed the
            fatty pork belly as well. I don't think I'll order their soup noodles again- the noodles inside were so close to mush I don't know how they stayed together- maybe that is the way they were supposed to be and I was just expecting/missing the squeeky tampopo sound- my bad if so.

            Sun Luck
            197 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Dumplings & Things
            375 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215