Not quite what it says…in Alhambra.
Food writers. You think we’d have this amazing list of places in our heads and every day is just a matter of rolling out of bed, and going there.
Man, I wish.
There are times, I roll out of bed, and I don’t know where I’m going. No lie. I just wander into the one part of town I know I want to be, and go look for something that looks good.
I was literally wandering through Alhambra, when I saw this place: “Tasty Dumpling House”. I did a U-Turn, parked my sled and headed inside.
The place was nice enough, decorated floor to ceiling in the urban cool of icy and white. It’s not that fancy, but it’s relaxed at the same time. Tasty Dumpling House is a To-Go place as well as a sit down place. I can see things jazzing up a bit at night.
Now, mind you, you put the word “Dumpling” in your name, and I’m pretty much going to want to see what you got. I’m a sucker for Dumplings. However, put “Dumpling” in your name, and…well…you better have Dumplings on the menu.
So it should come as no surprise that I got a little nervous when I look at the menu and…well…let’s just say Dumplings were not first and foremost on the menu.
I mean…they were there. It’s just…
Well, when you go to a place like Din Tai Fung or Luscious Dumplings…you bear no doubt that they’re a Dumpling place. No matter what form or shape (or filling) they take: Dumplings, it’s what’s for dinner.
Tasty Dumpling House is more of a straight ahead Chinese place…with Dumplings emphasized in the name. There are a few of them available, and they aren’t bad by any stretch, but…
It’s just not a Dumpling place, despite the name.
Overall, okay. You can come here. Get yourself some lunch, avail yourself of the few Dumplings, and get out of there with only a few dollars out of your pocket. But if you want the best and the brightest of Dumplings in town. Meh. Not here.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I saw the words “Dumpling” in the name, and I suddenly was in the mood for Dumplings.
Things started off with a small complimentary cup of Chinese Wild Vegetable and Tofu Soup. This was surprising. Light and palate cleansing. It was a nice way to start off things, especially with the all the Pork I got coming my way.
I went with the The Pork and Bok Choi Dumplings. These were fine. Little bite, little vinegar, and you’re happy as can be. They’re good. Some structural integrity issues, but I expect nothing less when stuff’s handmade like this. They’re not Din Tai Fung or Luscious Dumplings good, but they’re good.
But here at Is It Any Good (it’s still Baseball season at the time of publication), we value the solid Single. These were a solid Single.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too much to worry about. I will say this. When I was there they were “out of the Xiao Long Bao”, which is my favorite, and I’ve read other reviews on other sites saying they were out of the same item. Don’t know if this is a supply problem, or a willingness to share problem, but…if you’ve got Dumplings in the name, best make sure people can get at them. That’s never good.
PARKING: Tasty Dumpling House shares the block with Honey Badger. Now, Honey Badger is in a modern looking complex with it’s own free Parking Lot. I think you can park there, though I’m sure Honey Badger would don’t…unless you’re coming in to see them.
There is stretch of free, non-metered spaces right in front of the restaurant. That’s where I wound up. Because of the amount of To-Go orders coming out of Tasty Dumpling House, I’d expect that these spaces remain free for the most part. Just be careful jumping back into traffic. That corner of Main St. and Atlantic…kinda active.
Tasty Dumpling House
621 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: (626) 289-2684
Daily: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm