I know, I know. Gourmet Dumpling House is a staple of Chinatown, we all know how good it is, and that’s that. But really. Especially if you are unfamiliar with the restaurants in Chinatown, you’re likely to end up at one that might not be so great. Sure, it’s fine, but don’t you want to love your dumplings? For example, I recently went to Winsor, which is famously good, and was pretty disappointed with the dim sum. Not sure if it was because I had high hopes, or what, but I thought Chau Chow City was leagues better – and that’s not what I’d heard from the masses.
Anyway, I want to say that I loved Gourmet Dumpling House. We ordered Sandong style dumplings, steamed vegetable buns, mini juicy dumplings with pork, and sauteed watercress with garlic. The steamed vegetable buns – eh. Probs wouldn’t get again. Fine, but nothing special. The Sandong dumplings were good and really hit the spot for a pan fried dumpling craving. But the juicy dumplings and watercress stole the show for me and 10/10 would order again. Not exactly sure what made the watercress so tasty, but don’t skip this dish if you go. Garlicky, still kinda crunchy in a good way – the flavor’s all there. And the juicy dumplings were definitely juicy. Bite the top of the dumpling off first so you can slurp some of the inside soup out before diving in, so none goes to waste. I would probably try the ones with crab meat as well next time to see what’s up, but the ones with just pork were delicious.
Gourmet Dumpling House is a go-to for solid fare in Chinatown. The perfect spot to get your dumplings fix, and of course they have loads of other dishes as well to order alongside. Be prepared to wait though, the place is always packed. If you’re a small group, you can opt to sit at a shared table which is usually available sooner or right away.