What would Father’s Day have been without a trip to Little Dumpling in Little Neck? My little Dumpling, err, my little Mee, I mean, Mini Mee made sure that we capped off a spectacular Father’s Day with some Chinese food of course! Soup Dumplings, for sure. But what other surprises might there be in store for us on the menu?
For those of you unfamiliar with Little Dumpling, it’s located at 252-20 Northern Boulevard Little Neck, NY 11362. We formally reviewed Little Dumpling a few years ago, and I’d say what we wrote then is still valid today. And since that time, I noticed that they opened up a second location in Bayside, NY. I spied it when I started taking computer programming classes at Queensborough Community College. One night I will have to try it out before class.
When we walked in, at around 4:30pm, the restaurant was already packed. Who knew that Little Dumpling would be such a hot spot for Father’s Day? Or is it just a hot spot every day? The Soup Dumplings are always hot. So, why not? We had to wait 20 minutes for a table.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Of course we immediately placed an order for Soup Dumplings, but as they were packed and I assume wanted to turn over the tables as quickly as possible, we were pressed to place our entire order. So, let’s break the meal down:
Soup Dumplings – These were extraordinarily good. Bonus points because the dumpling didn’t break apart when removing it from the Steamer basket in to the Chinese spoons for consumption. As if you needed reminding, or a warning, the contents ARE hot! And delicious!
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings – I don’t know why I assumed that these were going to be Char Siu Bao (Roast Pork Buns)? The name didn’t sound like them… and nor did they look like them when they were served! LOL… and oh my gosh, did they taste oh so so so good! I loved this dish! They were fried to perfection. A little crispy on the bottom, and delicious (dare I almost say “delucious? You know they’re good when I have to start making up words to describe something).
Last, but not least (though surprising to the waiter that that was all we wanted to eat… but, we were full and sated by the time we did finish all three dishes)…
Shanghai Spring Vegetable Rolls
These were ok… UNTIL you dipped them in the sauce, and then kung—-POW! Dynamite! Don’t leave this little dish off your order, and dip to your hearts content in the hot sauce (chili peppers?).
I feel like it had been a long while since I had eaten IN a Chinese restaurant, and as I mentioned, it was a perfect ending to a perfect Father’s Day with my Mini Mee.
It was also the perfect appetizer to whet my appetite for another Chinese Quest! Did someone mention a Chinese Quest? Well, it just so happens, that we will be going on one in the very near future!
Everyone has an opinion on who makes the BEST Soup Dumplings. Please post in the comments below where YOU think the best Soup Dumplings can be found.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)