Friday, October 25, 2013

Oh Dumplings

My sister moved out about a month and a half ago. I haven't had the chance to talk to her a lot so I invited her to eat out. I suggested we go to Chinatown because I wanted to try the new dumpling place, Oh Dumplings.

We came in quite early, around 4pm (she finishes school at 3pm so I didn't want to make her wait and do nothing until the evening). There were two other customers finishing their meals.

Since the temperature has been dropping the past days my sister ordered a won ton soup and I ordered a shallot pancake to start with. Our main dishes were pork ear and pork/shrimp/cabbage dumplings.

Shallot pancake

The shallot pancake was thin and crispy. It was good enough to be eaten without dipping sauce. Some places the batter is too thick or soggy. At least it was to my liking.

Pork ear

Pork ear is one of their cold dishes. Some people eat it hot. I like it both ways. They serve it with a daikon dipping sauce. My sister was impressed by the daikon rose in the corner of the plate. Way to make a cold and weird looking dish look appetizing (at least to people who have no clue what they're eating).

Pork, shrimp and cabbage dumplings

We ordered pork/shrimp dumplings because they didn't have shrimp dumplings. That was our little disappointment. They have fish dumplings, which we could have tried, but it's a bit pricier. When the dumplings came I was surprised to see how chubby and juicy they were ... to then realize they were boiled and not steamed. My sister didn't care but I did. The way the products are advertised you would think they are steamed. Maybe they didn't want to spend time making them. The reason why I don't like boiled dumplings is because they tend to lose flavor while cooking and absorb water, making the dough soggy and slippery. When I make dumplings at home I steam them most of the time, fry them sometimes, boil them when I'm reallllly lazy. At least the meat inside was good and seasoned enough (with actual pieces of shrimp).

In general I was satisfied. The whole thing came up to 30$, which is reasonable. The restaurant itself was well lit (big windows) and well designed, whether is was in the choice of colors, the furniture, the plates, or just the fact that your table is not right next to the bathroom. In other words, it doesn't look like a lounge nor like a sketchy restaurant. It's one of those places that even when crowded you still have room to walk around.

When we were looking at the menu, we were surprised by the vegetarian choices. In particular the spinach and carrot dumplings : one is green and the other one is orange. I think it's a good thing to know there are vegetarian choices available and that you can tell them apart from the other kinds.

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