Tasty Dumpling. I’m a dumpling fiend, and I’ve been meaning to go here, after reading about it on Serious Eats. After my biweekly trips last summer, I’m basically a patron of Vanessa’s Dumplings on Eldridge (also near Union Square), but I’m equal opportunity when it comes to dumplings. Anything delicious with pork and fried dumpling skin is fair game.
Having lived in Chinatown now for about two weeks or so, I’m sincerely ashamed that I’ve only just made my way to TD today. How I could have been living so far without this dumpling ambrosia is beyond me. I’m only assuaged by the fact that I’ll be returning very very soon.
The interior’s pretty much a shithole, and it’s definitely not a place to sit down and soak in the ambiance. It’s a getyourdumplingsfastandrun kind of joint, and if you’re not fortunate enough to live a few blocks away, Columbus Park is right across the street. It’s full of old Chinese people and teens—a regular party, C-town style.
Today was one of those days where I’m more broke than usual, have only a few bills in my wallet, and BOA feels soooo far away (always), but luck would have it that I had $1.25 left in my wallet. Exactly the right amount to buy me 5 pork and chive dumplings, served extra crispy and piping hot. A bit oily, but full of delicious pork filling, and thick, chewy dumpling skin which left me wanting more. For a real dumpling pro such as myself, 5 is not enough, so next time I’m going for the bonafied dumpling eater’s choice, the 8 for $3. Not sure why the price jumps from 25c to 37c per dumpling though…
I hear that the pancakes (chinese sandwich) are tasty too; maybe it should be renamed Tasty Dumpling and Pancake. There’s something called a ‘golden pancake’, which has piqued my curiosity. It’s probably just literally a yellow pancake, because to say that the Chinese are succinct with their name choices is the understatement of the century.
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