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Feb 10, 2012 05:39 PM

Favorite dumplings

Where do you go for your favorite dumplings in San Diego? Chinese, Afghan, Lebanese, Vietnamese, or...

My favorite are the xiao long bao from Dumpling Inn on Convey. I know not all agree, and they are inconsistent. But often they are great.

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  1. love love love the pan fried tofu dumplings from Dumpling Inn...
    I get a side of the brown sauce and dump half the jar of the sambal for real kick ass heat..
    I call ahead since they take about 15 minutes and Claire or Tina take good care of me.

    1. Want to revive this thread because we've been craving pot stickers lately. Chinese or Japanese. Any more good reco's besides Dumpling Inn?

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      1. re: pickypicky

        Yakudori Ramen on Convoy makes homemade small gyoza that are great.

        1. re: SaltyRaisins

          This may shock, but one of the harshest dumpling critics I know told me Del Mar Rendezvous had the best in SD (above Dumpling Inn)

          1. re: Rodzilla

            Aren't they owned by the same family?

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Chef Mark Sun of Rendezvous opened the Dumpling Inn. He retired and then made a come back with Rendezvous. Not positive that he still has ownership in Dumpling Inn, but I believe that he does, as DI has been mentioned on the Rendezvous web site from the very beginning.

              1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                If this is really the best dumplings in SD, then this is so so sad.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Why? They're damn good dumplings. But dumplings cover a wide variety of cuisines

                  For something completely different to Asian dumplings, I like the chicken and dumplings from Luc's Bistro and the pulled chicken and dumplings I had at Urban Solace

                  1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                    Why? They're damn good dumplings. But dumplings cover a wide variety of cuisines

                    They're just not very good. It's more my problem than theirs I suppose. I just have to lower my expectations, or change them entirely.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Okay, not being a dumpling expert I'll take your word for it, even though I enjoy dumplings from both Dumpling Inn and Rondezvous.

                      What is your assessment of the dumplings from Pearl?

                      1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                        They don't have dumplings (餃子) at Pearl.

                        And even if they did, I wouldn't go to a Cantonese joint for dumplings.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Again I'm somewhat of a Chinese food neophyte (even though I have spent time in China) and your point is taken about Cantonese Dim Sum with more baked items, but I had some very dumpling like items (pot stickers/ har gow, gow choy gow)?) there that I do consider dumplings and the family and I greatly enjoyed them. Even if you don't consider Cantonese dumplings worthy, I'm going to disagree and say good is good.

                          So, getting back to the OP's question, where do you go for dumplings in SD?

                          1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                            So, getting back to the OP's question, where do you go for dumplings in SD?

                            I don't.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              They did when I went there(pearl).... Not very good; but they were there.

                              1. re: koreansoup

                                Like I said, those aren't dumplings (or 餃子).

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Where do I get some decent gyoza stuffed with veggies/tofu?
                                  Don't think I've had a 餃子.

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    Dumpling Inn has decent vegetarian 餃子 that are steamed (not boiled). That's probably your best bet in SD.

                                    Not sure where you would go for vegetarian gyoza, though.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Thanks Ipsy!
                                      I've been going to DI for years and Claire, who is Taiwanese, rocks it.
                                      I get an order of 10 Tofu/veggies pan fried with a side of that brown sauce with a couple tablespoons of sambal..

            2. re: pickypicky

              Not sure what they were called, but I had these amazing spicy dumplings at Liang's Kitchen. I have been craving them since I last was there.

              1. re: scottca075

                I'm pretty sure those were won-tons.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  红油炒手 (hong you chao shou), perhaps?

                  1. re: hye

                    I don't believe that's on the menu.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    Yeah, I went back and they called it "spicy dry won ton", which I don't quite get the "dry" since it comes in a "wet" hot sauce.... but they can call it whatever they want as long as they don't run out....


                    1. re: scottca075

                      It's dry because it does not come in soup.

              2. We'll definitely try Rendevous -- when we can get to Del Mar. Maybe lunch? Tonight we settled on Underbelly. I love Underbelly. Love the ramen, the al fresco, the beer selection, the Little Italy downtown vibe (for a PBer). The gyoza weren't great, but the noodles and beer were.

                1. Vietnam Dumplings in the Best Pho in San Diego.
                  Made with shriimp, and and black mushrooms.
                  Consistent as large, fresh, firm, hearty dumplings.
                  Enough to split between two people.
                  Very reasonable.
                  This is the only place that I enjoy Pho at every time.
                  Very clean and comfortable.

                  TAN KY MI GIA

                  I don't know how to pronounce it or what kind of food it is,, but I know what it means!
                  It means GQQD FQQD and now a local favorite, which is hard to resist, when thinking of where to go.

                  Have been seeing it for about a year or more, when I go to the barber, and even looked in on one occasion. When Lucky Seafood closed early last Saturday, it was necessary to find another place for a bite. So this is where I and another group headed for before they closed also. Hours 9 AM-9 PM Sun-F, 9-9:30 PM Sat. It is at the opposite end of the same mall as Lucky.

                  As I looked over the menu looking for my favorite Pho with sliced ribeye steak, the waitress asked me, if this was my first time, and suggested that they recommend the Dumpling Soup for first timers. So I complied and had the Dumpling Soup with Rice noodles, which was a wonderful SURPRISE with great broth and dumplings. A hearty dish of dumplings with wide floppy edges filled with pork, shrimp, and mushrooms. Mushrooms are a favorite, and the combination was Dynamite! They are large and about 3-4 bites, and there are enough to make a generous meal. The broth (and even the dumplings) make it different from the other shops on Mira Mesa Blvd, so I was curious, where this culinary art came from. Wonton should have given me a clue.

                  The next visit I tried the Dumplings & Wonton Soup with the thin rice noodles, but the noodles proved too filling. The Wonton contain pork and shrimp, but no mushrooms. You have a choice of rice or egg noodles, if you desire them. I will skip the noodles from now on.

                  The last visit I chose the Dumpling Soup without any noodles. It was just right and not over filling. Learned that the kitchen had Chinese overtones along with Vietnamese, which is a nice variation of what I had become so used to.

                  There are 22 Noodle or Egg Noodle Dishes ($5.10) to choose from, as well as, 8 Chow Fun or Chow Mien dishes ($7.20), and 11 Fried Rice or Over Rice dishes ($7.20) to choose from. Most of the dishes come with a variety of combinations of meat, seafood and chicken. It is your choice. WIll have to try the Chow Fun and Mien dishes, if I can get past the Dumpling Soup!

                  TAN KY MI GIA 9330 Mira Mesa Bl. #A, San Diego, CA. (858) 271-8899 is a delightful change from all the Pho places, and now TOP of my list. It is bright, clean, and very hard to beat. Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Food to Go!

                  If you want to know, it means SUNRISE RESTAURANT, I was told.

                  Try it, you will like it! And be sure to tell them, that Nutrition sent you or at least suggested it. :)

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                  1. The Pierogi Truk has pretty darn good potato and cheese Pierogi. Had the pork ones as well, but the whole family prefers the potato and cheese.

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                    1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                      Ooo, thanks! glad I found this. Always looking for a another polish restaurant/place!