My search for the best dumplings in New York continues….

DUMPLING GALAXY, 42-35 Main Street (between Maple Avenue and Franklin Avenue), Inside Arcadia Mall, Flushing, Queens

For me, too many options are both a blessing and a curse. I am terrible at making decisions mostly because I want a little bit of everything. So you can imagine how overwhelming Dumpling Galaxy was for me.

Pages and Pages of Dumplings

The new Flushing restaurant has a menu of 100 different dumpling fillings. And frustratingly, they don’t offer a combo plate. So I had to choose between things like dried octopus and chives, curry beef, and egg with dill. Where to begin??

Fortunately, I had limited time (and was hungry) so I couldn’t take too long agonizing over the different options. Plus, the prices are moderate so I decided to pick three full plates (that’s 18 dumplings in total) to get just a small taste of what they do at this dumpling temple.

Modern Dumpling Amenities

The restaurant is owned by chef Helen You, who also runs the tiny nearby Tianjin Dumpling, nestled in the Golden Mall. Dumpling Galaxy is also in a mall (the new Arcadia Mall), but is quite large with many modern, private booths and a clean, sleek atmosphere to boot. This is not where I’m used to slurping down authentic dumplings in NYC.

But these are as good as any you’ll get in your typical hole-in-the-wall. Better, even.

Pork and Bitter Melon Dumplings at DUMPLING GALAXY

I started with a play on the usual pork and chive. Here, the minced pork was mixed with bitter melon, an ingredient I’m not terribly familiar with. The juicy bites had that usual sweet and porky flavor, but it faded into an herbal, bitterness that was quite interesting and enjoyable. I can’t imagine it would be for everyone, but I quite liked the flavor intensity that helped cut through the richness.

Mushroom & Eggplant Dumpling at DUMPLING GALAXY

I also chose a vegetable option – Mushroom and Eggplant. I love those two vegetables on their own and in full-on dishes, but never really tried them in a dumpling. Of the three dumplings I tried, these were the least successful. It’s ridiculous to say there wasn’t enough meat to the filling (since it’s vegetarian), but it did lack some substance. It was crunchy with a subtle earthiness, but suffered from not enough spice or seasoning.

Cod Fish with Fish Roe Dumpling at DUMPLING GALAXY

My favorite of the three was the Cod with Fish Roe dumpling. I’m not used to a fish dumpling of this style and I really loved it. The tender wrappers hid a soft butteriness from the cod and bits of pop from the roe. I found them to be sweet and rich with a delicate, clean finish.

Dumplings at DUMPLING GALAXY

All three versions were masterfully boiled (they also offer fried dumplings and dessert variations) and maintained a juicy exterior around an irresistible wrapper. The two brown sauces add tang and sweetness and if it wasn’t for the fact that I had places to be, I might have even ordered another round.

Since these are just 3 of 100 mind-boggling combinations, you know I’ll be back. And next time, I’ll bring some friends. Friends means more dumplings!!!

Does Dumpling Galaxy make the best dumplings in NY? Skip the usual pork/chive combo here because the dumplings are inventive and prepared with perfection. 9 out of 10.

DUMPLING GALAXY
42-35 Main Street (between Maple and Franklin Avenue),
Inside Arcadia Mall,
Flushing, Queens
(718) 461-0808
dumplinggalaxy.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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