Soup Dumplings, At Last
Last year, my friend Sarah introduced me to the wonder that is Dim Sum. She took me and a friend of ours to Chinatown Brasserie, and we ordered an insane smörgåsbord of dumplings and things, including Soup Dumplings. over about $200 and several hours later, I was officially a Dim Sum fan.
While the food was really delicious, the problem with Chinatown Brasserie is the price. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great place, and I loved it. It’s nice to go to for a special event, a celebration, a party maybe… but Dim Sum isn’t supposed to cost $70 per person. Granted, there was alcohol involved, but still, subtract that and we’re still at about $50 each for the 3 of us. I’ve been craving soup dumplings for over a year now and have been to a few other Dim Sum spots (mostly the more low-down places in Chinatown), but none have had them on their menu.
Yesterday, I finally got my fix! My friend Reg and I discovered New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe – a little place, tucked away on Bayard Street down in Chinatown.
We opted for the Pork Soup Dumplings over the pork and crab – from what I understand, this was the best decision ever. The pork had this incredible smokey flavor and the broth wasn’t the standard Wonton soup broth, but a complementing smoked pork broth, with bits of pork fat in it to add to the flavor.
You get 8 soup dumplings for about $4.50 and it’s worth every penny. Especially since you pay $10 for the same 8 dumplings (or maybe fewer) at the Chinatown Brasserie.
We also tried the Steamed House Vegetable Dumping, which was fantastic with a very fresh taste – the veggies inside were bright and green and delicious. Sadly, I don’t have a photograph – maybe next time.
Lastly, we tried the Steamed Mushroom and Vegetable bun – this was the least favorite item we ordered, though not for lack of taste. I forgot that “bun” meant that everything would be stuffed into a VERY bready shell, and it was a bit too much bread for our tastes. The inside was just as delicious as that of the Veggie dumpling, however. Fresh, green, yummy mushrooms.
…We left the buns behind.
All in all, this place was excellent. It’s a small, but decent size, very clean, and the service was efficient. Complementary tea, as with most Dim Sum restaurants, was on the table right away (and was also really good! No bitter after taste, even without sweetener!), and they also put a plate of roasted peanuts out, which I’ve never seen done before, but was pretty cool.
Our total bill was about $13.00 – not at all bad for the amount of food we received.