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Jan 9, 2014 10:32 PM

Battle of the Potstickers

Say one was looking for the best fried pork dumplings in DC....

Where would one go?

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  1. Just speaking for downtown DC (not the burbs), either Toki or The Source.

    Avoid anything in Chinatown.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Then at least save some Toki.

    2. The dumplings at Toki are amazing---they have that crisp bottom that gets it just right. Get it as an appetizer and then enjoy a big bowl of ramen.

      1. Dumplings are much better at China Bistro (Mama's Dumplings) in Rockville.

        I actually really disliked the dumplings at Toki, though I only tried them once. Blah filling and terrible sauce on top.

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        1. re: hamster

          I had a similar dumpling experience at Toki; tough, thick skin, meh filling.

        2. I've not had any stand out potstickers in the DC metro area. Most have overly thick wrappers. For a while, 100 Degrees Chinese made them to order and they were probably the best but I don't know if they do that anymore. In any case, it wasn't anything special.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            Right. Agreed. They all sort of, well, suck.

            But let's help out the OP.

            It's a typical "find the tallest midget at the circus" query.

            Heck, most of us would probably settle for the second tallest midget in this case (see: Toki and The Source).

            1. re: ipsedixit

              so depressing. no luscious dumplings, eh?

                1. re: echoparkdirt

                  The dumplings at China Bistro in Rockville are excellent. this is THE place to go for dumplings. But I have only had them steamed, not fried. I have never asked for fried, so I don't even know if they do that, but I suppose it is an option.

                  1. re: Steve

                    Steve, China Bistro will do any of the dumplings pan-fried for an extra $0.50/order.

                    I wouldn't do it for takeout, and some of them (like the vegetable or fish) don't do well fried. But the Mama's Special I usually get fried, and they are excellent.

            2. While they are not the traditional shape, the pan-fried pork dumplings at A&G (Annandale and Rockville) are excellent. Ask for the black vinegar.

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              1. re: PollyG

                To quickly correct a typo, in case anyone is trying to Google, Polly means A&J. And I second her rec.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I went there, thought the dumplings were extremely mediocre.