Monday, October 08, 2007
Dumpling King, Alexandra Road
A name like Dumpling King sounds promising, right? We came on by here (354D Alexandra Road, 6474-7889) tonight to test our instincts. I was hoping for something similar to that hundred dumpling place in Beijing, but nary a clove of pickled raw garlic was to be found.
Nonetheless, we got some dumplings, both of the pan-fried and boiled variety. The pan-fried dumplings were unattractively large and gushed of oil when you bit into it, but I suppose that they worked if you ate them while they were still hot. And the stuffing of the boiled dumpings were fine, even though I prefer the Whispering Man's exotically spicy stuffing better. Then again, they offered many other varieties, so perhaps we simply ordered the wrong stuff.
Anyway, what was interesting was that throughout the meal, we kept thinking that this place was like a downscale Xin Tao Yuan, especially given that shredded pork roll stuff that they aggressively pushed on us. Only when we checked out did we find out that these guys were in fact an offshoot of that very same Tanjong Pagar restaurant. I definitely wouldn't go out of my way for this place, but I suppose that if anyone were ever forced to go to Ikea but is sick of those Swedish meatballs, then one alternative is to hit this place diagonally across the street on your way in/out.
Digested at 8:07 PM
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