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May 13, 2013 06:04 PM

Spring Dumpling House (Midtown West)

Tried this place tonight with a couple of friends, and was surprised there were no reports on Chowhound.

Granted it's new-ish, opened about 6 months now, but still ...

In any event, had an order of the pork/chive and chicken/mushroom potstickers. Both were underseasoned (which is why I suppose they give you so many condiment choices), and the wrappers were thick, chewy and not "fried" enough.

We also tried an order of their spicy pork dumplings (boiled) which were surprisingly good, not great, but certainly good enough for a Midtown locale that's probably catering more to urbanites than to dumpling afficianados.

The salad mixed platter was sort of interesting. You have an option of choosing four, we ended up with marinated bean sprouts, quinoa, celery and daikon. Not bad, sort of the prepared stuff you get at the run-of-mill Manhattan deli salad bars you find at every other corner block.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        The earlier thread does give the name: Spring, just as the signage and website render it (though the Facebook page calls it Spring Dumpling House).

    1. Let me know if you find fish dumplings anywhere in New York (aside from the fish skin wonton at Bo Ky). I mentioned fish dumplings to a New York food writer a few weeks ago and he looked at me like I was crazy.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I am very familiar with Bo Ky, but what is the fish skin wonton?Also have you tried the cuttlefish balls?

        1. re: chervil9

          There is a not too commonly seen wonton wrapper made partially out of fish flour. It's very chewy or springy. Normally the wonton filling with fish skin wonton is the typical pork filling. I do not know what the origins are. It's similar to the Fujianese fish flour noodles, but I don't think that fish skin wonton are Fujainese. There are only two places in the US where I've found fish skin fish dumplings--Bo Ky in Manhattan Chinatown and Ivy's in Austin, TX. There may be other places that do it, but I've never seen it at any of the thousands of California Chinese restaurants I've been to. Strangely, fish skin pork wontons do show up at some of the Chinese buffets in Los Angeles.

          Have not tried their cuttlefish balls, though that's a pretty common item.

          1. re: chervil9

            Their cuttlefish balls are very good.

          2. re: Chandavkl

            Fijian dumplings stall in The Golden Mall in Flushing?