Home made frozen dumplings, East Bay?
Us East Bay people needs to eat too. Any restaurant packages and sells them in bulk (25, 50 count bags)? Or any retired grandparents make them at home to sell?
Tian Jin Dumplings, a little takeout window in Oakland Chinatown, is my go-to.
Special varieties (fish and celery, beef and carrot, etc.) available if you pre-order or just get lucky — she usually has at least a few different kinds, more on weekends, I think.
Caveat is that they're only open till 4 (and are closed on Tuesdays), and tend to start selling out of stuff earlier than that, so you have to plan accordingly.
Second Tian Jin.
Regular menu items: pork with chive and pork w/ cabbage, $6.99 for 20, $17.50 for 50.
Order a day ahead, minumum order of 50: pork/celery $14.95; pork, chive, shrimp and egg; beef and carrot; flounder and celery all $19.95/50.
I haven't ordered any of the special dumplings, but the two regular are delicious.
re: The Dive
A few weeks ago I walked up and bought the frozen dumplings without a hitch, no Mandarin or preordering needed. They also offer in bags of 20 in case you don't want to commit to so many of one flavor. The flounder were my favorite of four I tried (beef/carrot, pork/chive, pork/cabbage).
Not sure if they're homemade, but we were intrigued by the large selection and low prices at W&H Wholesale (78 4th St, Oakland, around the corner from Nido). There is a resto on Webster St. (btw 8th and 12th) in Oakland Chinatown that sells frozen handmade wontons from a little freezer in front. I can't remember the name but I think there was a handwritten sign that made us walk in?
Shanghai Restaurant in Oakland also has frozen-to-go pot stickers and dumplings.
I know they used to have
Qi Cai Wonton AKA Shepards Purse (荠菜云吞)
Xiao Long Bao AKA Soup Dumplings (小籠包)
Zheng Jiao (蒸饺)
Sheng Jian AKA Pan fried Pork Bun (生煎)
Guo Tie AKA Pot Stickers (锅贴)
It has been a while since I have been in but you can give them a call (510) 465-6878
I'll have to check if they still have sheng jian bao at Shanghai--I'm searching for a decent version. I can attest that at least the xiao long bao are made and frozen in house. One time when I was there a woman was making them at the table, yet the waiter pulled a bag from the freezer to cook for an order.
I thought I remembered mention of a wholesale operation in Oakland (maybe off of Foothill?) where retail customers could walk up and pay cash for frozen dumplings. But I'm not finding the post . . . anyone?
A few more possibilities:
Lai Young in Hayward
On On Food Co in Oakland (I called to see if still in business. Hours are 7:30-3
House of Dumplings, Union City
re: Melanie Wong
Second for Lai Young - bags of 50. They must be getting more popular lately - the last two times I've gone, they've been sold out of some varieties by midday Saturday.
There is also King of Dumplings in Fremont which sells bags of 25.
Shandong Restaurant in Oakland also sells bags of frozen dumplings I believe.
Shan Dong Restaurant? Unless they stopped recently, they've been doing it for more that 20 years.