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CAFÉ CHINA, 13 Est 37th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue), Midtown EastThanks to the response from my recent Christmas video, I got a request to make dumplings for Christmas Eve this year. That’s right, this year we didn’t go out for Chinese food, I cooked it.

I can give myself a big pat on the back because those dumplings came out spectacularly. It was a lot of work (I even made the dough from scratch) and not something that I’ll be making weekly. But for when I’m craving pork dumplings and am feeling too lazy (that’s most of the time), I can rely on the quality of dumpling choices around the city, like the mouth numbing version at Café China.

Pork Dumplings with Chili Oil at CAFÉ CHINA

While filming that aforementioned Christmas video, we shot many takes of me eating their pork dumplings in chili oil. Sure, it took me a while to get the dialogue right, but I mostly asked for another take so I could get another taste of these dumplings. The tender and chewy potstickers were floating in a pool of bright red chili oil. It’s not as daunting as it looks. The spice comes quick and tickles your tastebuds, but is rounded out by a sweet finish. It’s just enough spice to leave your numbing lips craving more.

While everybody at Christmas dinner enjoyed my dumplings, I’m sort of relieved they weren’t able to compare them to Café China’s. No question whose were better. And I wouldn’t have been so idolized if they had.

CAFÉ CHINA
13 East 37th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue),
Midtown East
(212) 213-2810
cafechinanyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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