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White Bear – My Favorite Dumplings in NY

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White Bear is a no frills dumpling restaurant in Flushing. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the place other than they’ve got some very good dumplings.

They advertise about having Shan Dong style dumplings; Shan Dong is a province in China and one of the things they are known for is having good dumplings.

The place is basically a tiny rundown white room with about 4 tables and you can maybe fit 8 people in it. Most of their business is take out or people eating quickly. I generally get mine to go and eat at the park down the block.

There is a husband and wife team running the place. I don’t know if they speak English, but everything is written in English, so you’ll be fine by pointing. The woman can be a little surly sometimes, but is generally fine.

On to the food:

- Wontons in Hot Oil: This is the reason I come here. These are boiled wontons filled with pork and minced cabbage. They are topped with spicy red chili oil that I believe is homemade, pickled vegetables and diced scallions. Since they are boiled they won’t be as oily as most dumplings you get at $1 dumpling type places. The skins are reasonably delicate and the filling is always very good, perfectly minced with no odd pieces in it. The toppings are what really make these great; the combo of chili oil and the salty and sour flavor of the pickled vegetables go really well with the dumplings. These are comparable to the type of thing you can get in Asia. I highly recommend trying these. 8.5/10

- Frozen Dumplings: When I’m in Flushing I almost always big up a bag of 25 or 50 frozen dumplings at White Bear. They cook up great either fried or boiled. I usually eat them with soy sauce mixed with spicy sesame oil. These are a great snack at home. 8/10

I highly recommend trying this place out if you happen to be in Flushing and have some room in your stomach. I really think they turn out one of the better quality products in Flushing.

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White Bear
135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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  1. Yep, I get the #6 Spicy Wonton Dumplings as a snack before I go eat somewhere else.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      yah thats what we usually do too depending on if we have room for them

    2. I gave White Bear a few tries, but I don't really care for their dumplings. Their #6 wonton in hot oil does look really good with the toppings, but it just tasted like... nothing. I was waiting to be hit with a little bit of spice, but it never came. I guess I just don't like this style of dumplings. I was hoping for something along the lines of the boiled dumplings from Lao Bei Fong (with their good chili oil), or the dumplings in hot oil at many of the Sichuan places around the city. But I guess it's suppose to be subtle rather than bold. Are there any other dumplings you like from their menu besides the #6?

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      White Bear
      135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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      1. re: E Eto

        well they are more subtle than the types of dumplings you're talking about, they taste much more home style than most of the dumplings you get around NY, which is why i like them. While i like almost all styles of Chinese food, i do like alot of more sutble Chinese cooking as i feel like alot of it is more a testament to the skills of the cook, but this is a personal preference.

        It's mainly b/c of the way they prepare them if i take their dumplings home, fry them and eat them with sriracha they taste completely different, much more like other dumplings around the city.

        It's been a very long time since i've ordered anything besides the wonton in hot oil so its kind of hard for me to say, but i guess you're right that i should go back and re-try their other dumplings

        1. re: E Eto

          I have to second this review. I asked for the Dumplings in hot oil. They guy said "You should get number 6." So, I got #6. They looked great, but I kept waiting for the "hot" but it never came. I liked the wontons themselves, but I was not a fan of the topping at all. Just no flavor in my opinion.

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          White Bear
          135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          1. re: ForestHillsFresser

            sorry you didn't like it, it's not supposed to be all that spicy its more for flavor as opposed to actual spice

        2. Love the wontons, have been thinking about getting the frozen dumplings. How do they differ from the wontons (skin? filling?)? Do you just get the pork ones, or are other fillings good as well?

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          1. re: kdgchow

            they're actually fairly similar, in fact i think they might exactly the same, but i almost fry them at home b/c its easier and i don't have all the condiments anyhow, so they taste alot different when you fry them

            i always get the pork and cabbage ones, but they never seem to have any of the other ones frozen anyhow

          2. Lau, are there any veg. dumplings at White Bear? :)

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            White Bear
            135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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            1. re: CitySpoonful

              they do have them (if you look at my pics, look at the menu and they list them there), but i've never tried them

              1. re: Lau

                Thanks -- I'm heading to Flushing tonight and just might swing by for a bag of the frozen ones. Those things are a godsend when you're too busy to cook.

            2. I remember their really neat dumplings with a tofu based wrapper. Wonder if they still have them.

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              1. re: Chandavkl

                hmmm really? that sounds pretty interesting, ill look for it next time