Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Find Under $5: There's More Than Meets the Name at Dumpling Kitchen

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Green Onion Pancake
  • Green Onion Pancake

As the name not-so-subtly suggests, Dumpling Kitchen specializes in just that. The Taraval Street restaurant offers very good versions of varities such as Shanghai-style crab and pork, Beijing-style pork and chive, steamed vegetable, and pork in chili oil: a selection so plentiful that choosing among them presents a very real, albeit welcome, challenge.

While it is easy to become overwhelmed by the plethora of enticing dumpling options, two other dishes should not be overlooked. The green onion pancakes ($4.25 for an incredibly generous serving) are the Chinese equivalent of the bread basket. Savory and rich with a subtle hint of sesame oil, the pancakes have a crisp exterior perfectly contrasted by a chewy center. Dip it in the complimentary chili sauce, or better yet, use it as a vehicle for soaking up any of the stray liquid from the soup dumplings.

If you too believe there is little better than ending your meal with yet even more bread products, the Beijing-style sweet buns ($2.50 for 4 balls of leavened heaven) will leave you damn near euphoric. You can order them steamed or fried, but as we all know, the latter is (almost) always better. The buns are yeasted and airy, mildly-sweet versions of traditional doughnuts (but sugar seekers can rest easy; a dipping sauce of sweetened condensed milk accompanies them).

Deep-Fried Sweet Buns
  • Deep-Fried Sweet Buns

Now that's our version of a sweet ending.

  • Pin It

About The Author

Alexis Katsilometes


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"