To commemorate the launch of Thick Dumpling Skin, dinner was no a brainer:
I never sweat a “B” rating. As Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold says, “‘A’ stands for American Chinese, ‘B’ is Better Chinese, and ‘C’ is Chinese food for Chinese.”
But wait a second, isn’t this a Korean place?!?
The menu’s in Korean…
…there’s Korean TV on…
But the owners are Chinese!
I communicated in broken Mandarin to confirm that these Vegetable Dumplings were, in fact, completely vegetarian…
…and they also pointed me in the right direction for my order – I was thinking #9 and they told me that “Chinese people like #7.”
And I’m definitely a Chinese person!!!
Originally, Abe was going to pick up takeout so I could keep memorizing lines for a pilot audition. But by 8pm I needed a study break, so I threw a coat over my pajamas, stuffed my feet into Uggs, and settled into one of the empty tables for some fresh-from-the-kitchen action.
The owners told me it’s usually packed during the day. I believe it – I read Josh’s review on Food GPS and the article on their Garden Grove location in the OC Weekly. But I loved coming at night, when the free parking lot was empty and we had the entire place to ourselves.
Since we’re in Koreatown, the requisite Banchan, which I dominated most of (especially the Kimchi, which Abe didn’t touch)
But these “Vegetable Dumplings” are most definitely reminiscent of my Chinese childhood!
Let’s call them what they are – bao/steamed buns. But for the purposes of last night’s celebration, I accepted the “dumpling” label and thought of the soft fluffy dough as “thick skins“
I figured that would be pretty filling, so I shocked myself as I polished off all twelve of the boiled dumplings with no problem
In addition to the shrimp, they were stuffed with pork and green chives
Everything – bao/dumpling – got dipped in this delicious sauce
The garlic continues to emanate from my pores this morning! I am also still digesting this meal, though I did not leave feeling bloated or stuffed at all…
…just one very happy dumpling