Saga of the Dumplings

The last couple of years I’ve grown more accustom to watching animated movies. Not because I spend more time around kids, or that I’ve lost my taste in movies. On the contrary, animated movies are quite good, especially with the technology of today to help out. The animators and writers are also very crafty in slipping in some jokes that only we adults would catch. It’s fun to watch these movies and know that you have something on the lesser aged. Some of the animated films that I’ve enjoyed the most include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Cars, Up, Shrek, Ratatouille and How to Train Your Dragon. The most recent films I’ve watched are Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. I especially like these because they offer a little of everything – Talking animals, Kung Fu action, noodle soup, Angelina Jolie and they definitely bring the funny.

Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After watching the first movie I developed a deep hunger. You know what’s better looking than Chinese Dumplings? That’s right, cartoon Chinese Dumplings. I set out to find dumplings everywhere I went for the next couple of days. I found some seemingly authentic ones on the first try. Pork and Shrimp, steamed. They were very good, but I was still unsatisfied. Later that night we ordered in Chinese. Again, I partook in the steamed chicken dumplings. Again, they were wonderful…but yet still unsatisfying. Sunday I took a much-needed break from the pot-sticked wonderfulness. It is a day of rest anyway. Monday I couldn’t stay away. I needed to have my fill again. Little did I know I was in for a different kind of treat.

Steamed shrimp and rabbit dumplings
Steamed shrimp and rabbit dumplings (Photo credit: ulterior epicure)

After the days duties were finished I set out to find a new and improved dumpling. I located a promising restaurant and arrived at 2:45 p.m. Guess what? A lot of these Chinese restaurants close down for an hour or so around 3-4 p.m. I didn’t want to chance it so I went about my day and decided to give it a try closer to dinner time. A couple of errands later it was dumpling time. Like all the other establishments I Googled Chinese Dumplings near here, on my phone, and picked out the best looking place that was close by. It came up with a Veggie Café. Not usually my first choice, but I decided to give it a chance. The only dumplings they offered were the fried kind, which is fitting. Who but me would go to a Vegetarian Café and order the fried food? These dumplings were an appetizer so I also ordered the fried rice noodle with shrimp to go along with the meal.

I love Dumplings.
I love Dumplings. (Photo credit: Dim Sum!)

Now, remember how I said this was a vegetarian place? Yeah, the shrimp was not real shrimp. I’m not sure what it was made of, but you know what? It wasn’t half that bad. I just have one question. If all the food here is made with “NO animal products” then why are the prices so different? I can understand why a beef plate cost more than a chicken plate…and a shrimp plate costing more than a beef plate. But, but, but. This isn’t real chicken,  or real beef or even real shrimp. If all the food is made from non-animal products, wouldn’t it cost the same to make each one? I don’t get it.

Kung Fu Panda 2
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All I can do is keep the search up for the perfect dumpling…and keep on eating them.

What is your go-to food right now?

Stacks of dumpling steamers
Stacks of dumpling steamers (Photo credit: ulterior epicure)


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11 thoughts on “Saga of the Dumplings

  1. I’m suddenly craving dumplings, and I’m impressed you gave veggie dumplings a chance. Brave panda!
    Tacos are usually my go to food around here, but seeing cartoon pancakes and syrup always seems to send me to the nearest IHOP.

    1. Ha! Thanks…more like hungry panda though.
      I did have my share of fish tacos while I was in Texas. Fuzzy’s are really good. I’m not sure about pancakes though. I think I feel about the same about them as Mitch Hedberg did. At first they’re great but by the end I never want to eat them again.

  2. I also really love cartoon movies…and dumplings. My go-to food right now is chow mein from my favorite Chinese restaurant. Sometimes I wake up and lament at how many hours it is until they open.

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