1713 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411637.742661 -122.484586
Daily 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Central West, Central Sunset
A tiny dumpling and dim sum joint with tender dumplings bursting with soup and tasty fillings. Worth the wait !
A must order - Shanghai soup dumplings! (it's under the dim sum section as oppose to the dumpling section on the menu).
Hail to your King of Dumpling – As soon as I opened the door, I was cheerfully greeted by the owner.
"Xiao Mei Mei Huan Yíng Huan Yíng!" (A very literal translation - little missy, welcome welcome.) The language was familiar yet foreign. I suddenly remembered it was actually Chinese New Year's Eve. What could be better than a festive Chinese dinner?
I took a quick glance. There were only 6 table. A very tiny hole in the wall restaurant with an unassuming storefront indeed. I joined my friends at one of the three larger long tables. The menu was very simple. There were all kinds of dumplings and a couple cold dishes and appetizers.
Our dinner menu for 6 -
Grilled Lamb Skewers
Green Chive Pancakes
Cold Wide Bean Noodles
Shanghai Style Soup Dumplings (XLB)
Pork Dumpling with Napa
Pork Dumpling with Chinese Spinach
Shrimp Dumpling with Chive
Lamb skewers were great. It was golden brown on the outside and tender and juicy inside. The fillings for pork and shrimp dumplings were all quite tasty. They were not as delicate as I would like though. (The skin were thick) The Shanghai Soup Dumplings (XLB) were disappointing. They were overcooked and the soup already leaked out. A big no-no for XLB =(
I enjoyed my CNYE dinner. It was a very satisfying meal for the price.
Hardly larger than your dining room at home, this tiny Parkside eatery serves up handmade dumplings to fans of Shanghai-style dim sum. – You'd walk by Kingdom of Dumpling a dozen times without noticing if it weren't for the hungry gawkers peering inside and waiting their turn for one of only about 20 seats at meal time. The quaint and sparsely decorated dining space matches the food: simple and homey. There are a few typical Chinese dishes (big bowls of noodle soup and chow fun) but almost every tiny table is cluttered with plates of dumplings--the obviously handmade, misshapen little pockets of various meat-and-veggie combinations come in orders of 12 and are meant for dunking in the salty/sour sauce of soy, ginger and vinegar.
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