Eating dumplings from Dumpling Haus made me feel like I could eat them every day and wouldn’t complain about it.
The Sawyer Yards outpost, which got its start at farmers and artisan markets, is the perfect place not only to get a dumpling fix, but to also introduce people to the dish. My lunch partner, who’d never had dumplings before, loved them as much as I did.
The online ordering process was seamless and choosing curbside was just the matter of a click of a button. When I got to the restaurant I called to let them know I was outside and they immediately brought my order out.
The order consisted of all three of the types of dumplings the restaurant provides: pork, chicken and vegan, along with a box of chili garlic rice.
I snuck in one dumpling, which happened to be the pork variety, while in the car because I was curious to see if I could tell a difference in quality after a car ride home. There was no difference.
At home, when I tried my second pork dumpling, which was pan-fried and packed full of napa cabbage and shiitake mushrooms, I experienced the same freshness, and even warmth, as the first one. I liked the pork even better dipped in the dumpling sauce, which had chili flakes. The sauce had just a small spicy kick to it that had me reaching for my water more often. But then again, my taste buds are a little wimpy when it comes to spice.
The chicken dumplings included napa cabbage, corn and shiitake mushrooms. I thought the corn would be a little odd in the mix, but I didn’t even notice it. The outside of the dumpling was gummy in the best way and crisp where the frying process browned it. The chicken also tasted great with the sauce.
I was most intrigued by the vegan dumplings, which are green on the exterior and full of different vegetables, woodear mushrooms and vermicelli. Since the inside held more vegetables the dumpling had more crunch to it. I preferred the dumplings with meat.
The rice was white with chili and garlic poured in the middle. The chili garlic flavors soaked into the rice and, because I can’t ever get enough garlic, I couldn’t help but enjoy it.
At Dumpling Haus, customers can also buy packs of 25 of any of the dumplings to take home and heat later. This is something I might do so I can have a steady supply of dumplings at home.
Address: 2313 Edwards St. Ste. 180
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Pork dumplings