Here are our top picks for Tucson
Chinese dumplings aren’t your western biscuity affair. They feature a delicate pasta-like wrapper made with wheat or rice flour.
Fillings vary from pork to shrimp, eggs, and leeks. Here are our top picks for Tucson.
China Pasta House
430 N. Park Ave.
While China Pasta House offers several varieties of dumplings, shrimp or leeks & pork are safe bets. Shrimp has a sweet, snappy bite, while the leeks & pork offer a simple oniony flavor with a touch of ginger.
The Pork Steamed Buns are not actually buns — they’re soup dumplings. Let them cool down just a bit, then pop the whole thing in your mouth for an explosion of gelatinous porky broth.
For more information, call (520) 623-3334 or visit chinapastahousetucson.com.
3502 E. Grant Rd.
Noodleholics has been open only a few months and I’ve had the Chaoshou Dumplings maybe eight different times already.
The filling has just the right amount of ginger-scallion freshness, while the chili oil is earthy and potent. I regularly daydream of these dumplings and hate myself for not eating them right now.
They have other dumplings, but the chaoshou dumplings are just that addictive.
For more information, call (520) 305-4262 or visit noodleholics.com.
4802 S. Sixth Ave.
Dumplings from dim sum cart restaurants taste stale in comparison to Sushi Lounge’s freshly-cooked dumplings.
The Har Gow are supple and delicate, and melt-in-your-mouth without being mushy. The Soup Pork Dumplings (xiaolongbao) erupted with broth all over my forearm when I poked it with my chopstick (my fault). The Shumai features a plump filling with earthy mushroom flavor.
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