An alternate Dumpling place in Arcadia.
Dumpling House is pretty much what the name says it is. It’s a House for…well, dumplings. You sit down, and you’re going to be served…dumplings. (I know, what a shock). There’s something very workman-like about Dumpling House, something very plain and down to the brass-tacks. A kind of “Look, we are what we are, now do you want the dumplings or not” kind of an attitude.
Believe it or not, that is a good thing.
Now, by way of comparison…Dumping House is not as nice, or as sleek as the nearby-across-the-street Din Tai Fung, and its menu isn’t as varied. But they’ve got a nice selection of dumplings, as well as the other specialities of the Shanghai Region of China. You probably haven’t tried some of the alternative selections on the menu that aren’t dumplings, but they’re worth the look.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I got the Beef and Onion Dumplings, which were pretty damn juicy. Enough so that the proper dumpling eating technique of taking a little bite, then sucking the juice out had to be applied. I also got a big, heaping bowl of Beef and Tomato Soup. This was the surprise for me. It’s a pretty plain looking bowl of soup, if you think about, but it’s very sweet, and the meat is stewed to cut-it-with-your-fork level of tenderness. And best of all, there is a wonderfall of noodles cooking away at the bottom of that bowl. The only problem is, you really can’t eat it alone. It’s a big damn bowl of good stuff.
Needless to say, it’s such a brass tacks operation, it doesn’t have a website, so I can’t show off the menu to you.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This was weird. The hours aren’t exactly posted on the door, so I was a bit confused when there seemed to be a bit of well…resistance when I walked through the door. It was as though the one guy they had working behind the counter (and yes, there is a counter) wasn’t sure if he wanted to seat me. But somehow when he saw it was just me, it became okay. Then, about twenty minutes into my meal, someone else tried to come in, and they told her the place was closed. After she left, the Kitchen crew came out for a staff meal (which I’m sure was fantastic, and all, but still). It didn’t make the meal sit right.
UPDATE: Feb. 18, 2013: Having gone in for a second visit, keep in mind that the main menu has a lot of Chinese standards on it. The Dumpings, on the other hand, are on a second menu that you’ll also be given. It looks a lot like the one’s you’d be given at a Sushi place…or some better, more efficient Dim Sum places. Check off what you want, hand it in and get your grub on.
PARKING: Very easy, if you can get one of the spaces in back. Dumpling House is in a strip mall, but sits along an alleyway, leading to the free parking lot out back. If you can get one of those spaces, you’re aces. Outside of that, you need to look for a space on Baldwin, which I don’t know how well is gonna work late at night.
921 S Baldwin Ave, Ste A
Arcadia, CA 91007
Tel: (626) 445-2755
Daily: 11:00am – 9:30pm