No. 1 Dumpling

It’s been awhile since we’ve had dumplings and I’m always down to try a new spot. No. 1 Dumpling specializes in fresh, homemade dumplings but they also make their own noodles. It’s located next to a Money Mart.

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Parking in the back is free after 6:00pm.

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They also sell frozen dumplings.

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We’ve been here twice now; both times there’s been a few groups of tables. The (insanely) brightly lit menu greets you the moment you walk in.

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It’s bigger than you’d expect (around 7 tables). Service is a tad unsophisticated and it’s painful to attempt to get any tea and water refills.

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Menu is short and sweet; dumplings (you choose between boiled, pan fried and steamed), noodles, pancakes, appetizers and specials. Surprisingly, they have XLB but it’s pricey ($13.99 for 8).

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There was about a dozen dumpling flavours to choose from. It says today’s dumplings but I don’t think the options change too drastically.

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Condiments on the table: vinegar and chili oil sauce.

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Nothing too special about their chili oil sauce.

Trip #1
First visit, we dropped in on an early Tuesday evening (around 6:30pm).

Fungus salad ($4.50)
DSC08253This was delicious. Fresh, nicely seasoned and pleasant texture.

Pork, shrimp and leek ($11.99 for 14)
DSC08260We opted for steamed; the dumplings are fantastic and clearly homemade (you can literally see the chefs making each dumpling fresh).

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The wrapper is excellent; perfect thickness and satisfying, chewy bite.

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The filling it just as good, if not better. Juicy, moist and filled to the max.

Leek pancake ($3.00)
DSC08266The leek is tasty inside and the pancake is nicely pan fried. If you smell it, you’ll notice the butter instantaneously.

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Good but it’s small and I’ve had better elsewhere.

Spicy noodles ($7.99)
DSC08270These look plain and simple but they surprised us. It’s basically sliced ham, cucumbers and chili sauce but the noodles had a good bite and the sauce had a subtle underlying numbness to it.

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Bonus, they give you a massive amount of noodles! We still ate it all but it’s perfect to share between two.

Trip #2
Second time, we came on a Wednesday evening around the same time.

Kelp salad ($4.50)
DSC09023Decent but there’s nothing unique that they add to the seaweed salad.

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We literally saw them take it out a bag and put it on our dish.

Green onion cake ($2.00)
DSC09026Greasy, really greasy but at least it was light and crispy.

Pork and fennel ($8.99 for 12)
DSC09036This time, they had the fennel available. Good amount of fennel inside the filling but the meat wasn’t juicy.

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Even with the soup inside. Wrapper is still excellent.

Eggplant noodle ($7.99)
DSC09030It’s very basic; pork, eggplant (tasty but salty) and noodles.

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We didn’t love it. The spicy noodles were much more satisfying.

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Come for the homemade dumplings. The rest is hit and miss.

No. 1 Dumpling
http://www.no1dumpling.com/
1888 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 731-5577

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