A few weeks ago I introduced GC to Mother’s Dumplings and of course, he fell in love.
1. Pork and chives dumplings
2. Potato pancake
3. Wonton soup; Beef and celery dumplings.
We tried a bit of everything but I would have to say my favourite were the pan fried beef and celery dumplings.The dumplings are slightly crispy on the outside, without being greasy and they retain the soft, fleshiness of the wrapper. The beef was delicate with hints of spice that was mellowed by the tart, fresh taste of the celery. This is not a combination I would have thought of, but it works nicely together.
We tried to go again on Chinese New Year last Friday with Cynthia but of course, they were rammed. For future reference, they do take reservations but only for groups of six or more. We will just have to find three more people to join us next year!
There are some people you are friends with because you are always on the same page as them in various aspects of life whether it is emotional, spiritual or even physical. And then there are some people who, more importantly, you are the on the same page as them gastronomically.
A few weeks ago I was on the subway looking at an advertisement for VH Steamer’s rice with dumplings. I wasn’t intrigued by the ad because I thought it would be any good, I knew it wouldn’t, but it caused me to crave dumplings. Later that afternoon I received a message from Cynthia saying she was also craving dumplings, a statement that was completely unprompted by my earlier daydreams of dumplings.
When two friends are having the same craving obviously something must be done about it so we headed to Mother’s Dumplings.
We started off with wonton soup – slightly redundant when one is planning on eating dumplings but it was a chilly day and soup was a warm and comforting way to start off a meal.
This soup look thicker than it is. It is a light broth, slightly salty and filled with seaweed, green onions and wontons. It was delicious but it needs a touch of soya sauce to give it more flavour. It is a great bargain – we ordered the small bowl which is around $4.00 and we were both able to have 2 bowls of soup.
Next came the dumplings.
We ordered 24 dumplings – 12 boiled pork and dill (pictured bottom left) and 12 steamed pork and chives (pictured bottom right). I prefer the steamed to the boiled. Steamed dumplings have a firmer dough and are juicier. I also preferred the presentation of the steamed dumplings – I loved that it was brought to the table in the basket that they were cooked in. Both fillings were good but the pork and dill had slightly too much dill, overwhelming the subtleties of the pork.
This was a delicious meal – a comforting soup, juicy dumplings and unlimited jasmin tea. I would love to come here on a cold day and cozy up with tea and dumplings. This meal has prompted an idea between Cynthia and I that we should have a stuffed ethnic food night – dumplings, pierogi and ravioli!