Sticker 1: Viking Soul Food's Onion Klubb
|Onion Klubb from Viking Soul Food|
$5. The fish sauce made for an interesting flavor. Shrimp and fresh sprig of dill on top.
Only later did I realize that the fist-sized congealed mass I ate was mostly potato with some flour. Which begs the question, what is a dumpling? [2/1/2015]
Sidebar: What is a dumpling?
It's dough: flour, potato, or bread with add ons such as meat, sweets, fish or vegetables. People cook them in different ways. Wontons, such as pot stickers count, as do raviolis.
Sticker 2: Son of a Biscuit.
|Son of a Biscuit|
$5 for parmesan and chive dumplings in lemon chicken consumme (lots of heat from pepper). A few peas and just a few chicken remnants (maybe enough to fill a shot glass) to enjoy with the spork.
The dumplings? Ball-o-dough? I'm sure they are good for people who appreciate dumplings. I found them filling and okay. They reminded me of when we balled up bread on a treble hook to catch carp out of the Illinois River as a child. If I could, I'd order the soup with more chicken and fewer dumplings. [2/1/2015]
Sticker 3: Mama Chow's Kitchen
|Mama Chow's Kitchen|
I expected a matronly Asian woman in this food cart. But friendly Jeff was running the show. Perfect location to grab some food for a brownbag seminar two blocks away.
I'd call 'em good potstickers. Jeff calls them, "Chicken and Taiwan Cabbage dumplings on a bed of baby green bock toy served with spicy dipping sauce."
$7 seemed reasonable for a meal's worth of tasty dumplings served over healthful, steamed book choy. I'd return to Mama Chow's. [2/2/2015]
Sticker 4: Departure
|View from Departure|
In addition to cloth napkins and china, Departure served "Chef Gordet's winning shrimp dumplings from Top Chef, made with palm sugar, ginger and crispy shallot."
Chef Gordet's flavors were more nuanced, yet not all that dissimilar from the spices of Mama Chow's. What separated this $11 offering (besides the higher-rent space) was the steamed preparation as compared to pan fried. I washed it down with water and NOT a $12 glass of wine. [2/2/2015].