The Practical Cook has a new love. Well, it’s an old love, but a new purveyor: Chirba Chirba Dumpling Truck, I salute you! Long a fan of dumplings in all their forms, I have eaten them many places.
These dumplings are the bomb, and I say that having waited an inordinate amount of time (sorry, but they need a dumpling semi, not just a truck, to meet demand) in heat so severe I thought I would steam first.
As befits the food truck genre, the menu is tightly focused and well done. You can get meat dumplings (Porkedame):
veggie dumplings (bok choy and shitake the day I tasted):
and soup dumplings (pork deliciousness):
or a combo, all with a choice of sweet sausage or edamame on the side. There are dipping sauces to vary the flavor profile, and you can crispify for a few cents extra. If you can, eat them on site, promptly. I had no choice but to dash home to the family with my stash, and they were still great.
In conclusion, worth the wait, believe the hype, just get in line early and have your gameplan in place. I’m going to further decrease my popularity in the food world with the following comment: I liked them better than the dumplings at The Lantern. Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves. The dumpling skin is thin, the care used in making them is apparent, and the filling to skin ratio is spot on.
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Tomorrow, One Ingredient, Three Ways: Pasta Bar.