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Best Chinese fried/steamed dumplings?

chocolatemint Dec 29, 2011 02:44 PM

Please give me suggestions for places that have great Chinese fried or steamed meat dumplings.

I've tried quite a few, but they never taste quite right. The wonton wrap is always too thick, and the meat always taste awful.


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    discus RE: chocolatemint Jan 1, 2012 09:15 PM

    You're not getting any responses because there are no standouts in the Twin Cities. Everyone is using the same frozen dumplings from the local distributor. No one is making them from scratch. If so, I'd be first in line.

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      soupkitten RE: discus Jan 3, 2012 12:06 PM

      evergreen makes theirs from scratch, their vegetarian ones (green) are pretty notable. you can also buy them frozen to take and cook at home at the restaurant.

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        Ummm RE: soupkitten Jan 4, 2012 05:24 PM

        I have tried both the steamed and fried pork dumplings at Evergreen, and they were just okay. I was actually expecting them to be different dumplings (according to the Chinese names 水餃/鍋貼 they are different) but they ended up being the same type of dumplings and just cooked differently. The fillings could have been more flavorful.

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      meljohns RE: chocolatemint Jan 2, 2012 08:13 AM

      Rainbow. Their wontons are delicious and not thick.

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        SmartCookie RE: meljohns Jan 2, 2012 01:57 PM

        Moto-i has terrific cilantro dumplings. You can also buy your own at United Noodle.

        2940 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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        chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Jan 2, 2012 02:24 PM

        Thanks folks, I appreciate the feedback. Yes, I really do love the ones at United Noodles from the frozen food section that you just boil, they are great.

        I can definitely make them from scratch but I am looking for ones from a restaurant or cafe that you can just buy and eat! I'll have to check out Moto-i, I did check out their website, it looks like a very hip place.

        Yes, it seems like all the restaurants just get the ones from the local vendor, and they are just awful. I'll keep looking, and if anyone remembers a place or a new place comes up, please let me know, thank you!

        1. splatgirl RE: chocolatemint Jan 3, 2012 05:37 PM

          I am not a dumpling expert, but I had the fried version at Red Moon Chinese Cafe last night and am pretty sure they were hand/homemade. Nice thin wrappers, meat filling was acceptable but not great. IMHO, my homemade are 10x better.
          On that note, +1 for making them at home. I usually do a huge batch and freeze them--put them in naked on a sheet pan and then just toss into a ziplock once they're frozen. I love being able to take out a few at a time and enjoy them in the same amount of time it would take me to get bad takeout.

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            chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Jan 3, 2012 06:06 PM

            Thanks for the additional suggestions, I'll have to try dumplings at Evergreen (I've eaten there but I don't remember if I tried the dumplings) and also at Red Moon Cafe.

            I know, it's so funny that the best ones seem to be the ones you make yourself or buy frozen. But there are still some days that you don't even feel like doing that, you know? (esp. after an exhausting day when you just want to sit and eat or at least get take-out)

            Thanks, Happy New Year everyone!

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              Ummm RE: chocolatemint Jan 4, 2012 05:26 PM

              I haven't found any frozen ones I really liked yet. Granted, I haven't tried them all, and I should've marked down what brands I had tried!

              We just bought some wonton pastry the other day to make our own wontons, and they were as thick as dumpling pastry :(

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              pharm14 RE: chocolatemint Jan 11, 2012 05:49 PM

              Wok Cuisine in Shoreview. Steam first and then pan fry-- they are delicious. Ask for some hot sauce to mix with the sauce that comes with the potstickers

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                KCMPLS RE: chocolatemint Jan 13, 2012 01:48 PM

                Grand Shanghai in St Paul, they have the steamed bao (Shanghai Xiaolongbao), or pan fried bao with yeast dough ( Shengjianbao), or steamed or fried dumplings. All made from scratch and good. Highly recommend the Shengjianbao--only available for weendend lunch. My favorite.

                Teahouse in St Paul on White Bear, they have the steamed Xiaolongbao which they call juicy buns, also very good and made from scratch.

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                  chocolatemint RE: KCMPLS Jan 20, 2012 07:09 PM

                  Thanks for the two additional recommendations, will have to try them when I can! Looking forward to it.

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