Chi Dumpling House
77 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Telephone: (212) 219-8850
Open: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
I have been to Chi Dumpling House (formerly the C & L Dumpling-sign still stands out front) several times for meals and have enjoyed the food at the restaurant.
It is truly ‘bare’ bones in its appearance. There are a few small tables in the restaurant but it is not most attractive place to eat at in Chinatown. It is a ‘workers’ type of restaurant where the employees from other restaurants come for a meal after work. The inside is more for take-out and the tables are for a quick meal. Many people taking the bus a few doors down from the restaurant came here the days I visited for a quick snack or take out food for the ride.
What the restaurant lacks in appearance it makes up in food and in the prices. There is no better deal than Chi Dumpling House. Their well know for their Pan-Fried Dumplings (five for $1.50) and the dumplings are the best. They are large, plump and full a nicely spiced dumpling mixture, lightly wok fried and are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. If you don’t like the doughy type of dumplings these are not for you. They are filling and with their soy mixture have the right amount of kick. The dumplings here are very large and they come in two sizes, small (five for 1.50) or large (ten for $3.00) so make sure to order accordingly. They are a lot to eat.
I have also tried the Steamed Pork Dumplings ($3.00) which you get eight large somewhat doughy pork and chive dumplings that take about eight minutes to cook and they come out to the table steaming hot. Grab some of the soy sauce mixture on the table with some vinegar to top them off with and slurp away. They are really good. They are the perfect mixture of pork and chives and have a nice hint of ginger when you bite into them. There is just enough juice in them to burst in your mouth with each bite.
Their soups are amazing. I had the Chicken soup with Yellow Noodles, which was a large bowl of broth with a load of freshly made noodles, cabbage and pieces of chicken in it. It was steaming hot and hit the spot on a cool afternoon. I almost burned my insides with the heat of the brother. For $3.95, I have never seen soup like this for that price. An extremely delicious item for a very reasonable price.
The small Hot & Sour Soup ($1.50 small or $3.00 large) comes to the table like a large soup would at any other restaurant in the suburbs. Their version has a nice kick to it from the hot peppers used and is loaded with a variety of vegetables and tofu in a rich stock. They know how to spice it properly too and it has a little kick to it. It is perfect on a cold or hot day.
Their Hot & Sour Soup is so good on a cold day
The Wonton Dumpling Soup ($1.50) is excellent. The chicken stock is rich in flavor and the wontons are large, moist and full of ground pork. It is a nice soup on a cold day also.
Their Wonton Soup is delicious
The Steamed Rice Noodle Soup with sliced pork and cabbage ($3.25) even on a hot day hit the spot. The chicken broth was full of flavor and had a hint of garlic to it. The noodles were freshly made and were nice and soft. There were also small shavings of pork in it.
I have also had the pan-fried noodles with pork ($5.25) and it was delicious. It was a large portion of fresh noodles pan-fried with an assortment of vegetables in a soy ginger sauce. It came to the table steaming hot and loaded with small pieces of pork. Again you can taste the fresh ginger in the dish.
The Pork Chop Peking Style on Rice ($6.00) is delicious. This dish contains two chopped up plump pork chops, chopped, coated and fried to perfection with a sweet and sour sauce and a mound of white rice. You will have to eat around the bones but is a more realistic Chinese dish to the ordinary Sweet & Sour pork. The portion size of the dish is pretty big so come with an appetite.
I find the service here to be very friendly and the lady who works at the front counter has been very welcoming the few times I have eaten here. She even brought the food out to the table for me. She looked like she was happy to see me.
Everything on the menu is below $10.00 and there are a lot more things to try. Keep reading in the future!