2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley
Haven't been here in a minute! Still just as good & at a bargain price. Selfishly, It's kinda sweet not having to wait in a line full of college students for dumplings, although I do hope they're still receiving business. Our dumplings took about 15 mins and were really fresh & delicious. Dumplings & rolls were enough for 2 people. Will definitely be back sooner than later.
Some of the best XLB soup dumplings I've ever had. Great prices too.
Soup dumplings are amazing.
Will re-update this review after COVID. I really miss the rice plates from Dumpling Express (and now they only have a few options on the menu because of COVID).Recent Orders:- Shanghai Soup Dumplings 上海小笼包: can't say they are amazing but they do satisfy your craving for shanghai soup dumplings! Would def get again if I craved this next time.- Fried Chicken Dumplings: not potstickers, but actually fried dumplings. Enjoyed it! Lacked a tiny bit of flavor inside but some soy sauce or vinegar can quickly fix that (you can also ask them for what sauces they provide too)Would come back again. Hopefully they can provide the beloved rice plates soon.
This spot have always been my favorite place. It's really great that the place has reopened now. I am from Northern China, so I normally avoid eating Chinese food since very few are authentic, because of the limited choice of vegetables and spices, and a different taste of Americans. But I can safely say that the food here is very authentic. It's not at the high-end for Chinese food, but it reminds me of the food in the small restaurants in a Chinese college town. The taste is there, and their dumplings are the best in the east bay. The owner uses steamers these days because of Covid, which makes the rice unevenly cooked sometimes. I hope that the Covid ends soon so they will go back to normal. I really miss some of the rice plates, such as Shredded Pork with Garlic and Spicy Sauce (鱼香肉丝), which is a traditional dish I would recommend you to try in every Chinese restaurant. It looks simple but it's a difficult dish to cook. It can be easily overcooked because of the complexity of the materials (wood ear, water chestnut, bamboo shoot and shredded pork), and it's also difficult to balance the tastes in the sauce. I would give a 4-star on this dish at this spot, the highest I had ever given to an America-based restaurant. I don't know why people complain about the 50-cent charge with credit card - wouldn't it be more appropriate to direct it to the corporate greed? It's so hard for a small business to survive the competition at Berkeley and that 50-cent is to cover the transaction fee as many other small businesses are doing. Please, get over it.
This is one of my favorite finds ever. Don't judge the book by its cover, it's one of the best dumpling places I've ever been. The owner is incredibly nice!!!!
Love their xiao long bao! Especially since they sell their dumpling frozen
Food so good we got lunch here 2 days in a row. Limited menu due to Covid (see photo). We walked up and ordered take out and took 15 minutes. We had multiple orders of soup dumplings - they were so good. Everything else we got was delicious. Parklet around the corner with seated and standing options. Prices a bit lower if you pay in cash.
Excellent, quick and affordable food.
Wow! I totally loved their soup dumplings. Most soup dumplings I've had at dim sum restaurants are usually dry and with little to no flavor or soup, but this place had both! Bold flavors and lots of soup. The only thing is they are a little pricey, but overall GREAT! Would definitely come back for the soup dumplings.
We were there last Saturday, ordered 2 sets of soup dumplings (12 total) and 1 chicken dumplings order and 1 pork dumplings order with few frozen buns to go. Due to COVID-19 they don't sell rice plate or other food only those dumplings, but those are good enough especially their soup dumplings. My 2 years old ate 5 of those and 2 pork dumpling. She loves the soup inside the dumping. Not like other restaurant. They put the cover under the soup dumpling so you won't miss the juice. I would definitely go back again to get more soup dumpling tans try other items once the restaurant fully functioning.
Dear Dumpling Express,I called to see if you were doing takeout during the Shelter In Place order, nobody picked up (and messages were full) so I drove by to see if you were open (unfortunately not)Im praying that you are among the small businesses in Berkeley that pulls through this difficult time. Let me know how to buy a gift card I'll happily purchase $200 of future soup dumplings!Long live dumpling express!
Amazing dumplings but has been closed for well over two months
Dropped in here around midday one beautiful day in the mid-June. I have been pleased with the efforts that they try to emulate Shanghai and Taipei's signature food item? Except, what they copied sort of resulted in a first time error that gets repeated over time when your fellow editors don't know enough shit to BS the rest of the paper with plausible pieces of information. To break everything down to get the gist of it. I mean, this place is not the best of all worlds. It is the fast food version of a simple restaurant you would find in Shanghai. I personally think maybe some of the airport food that I had in Pudong had much more tastes packed for your nervous system. It is enough to pass off as a midnight snack unless you actually want to care so much about flavor, your mind starts to sink into your eyes' sclera. Xiao Long Baos or Siu Lung Bao (in my mother tongue) should be more than fast food style. Similar to bad behaved patients I see in the hospital at work, they should scream at your GI receptors and make you not want to eat anything else. The anatomy of small round pieces of beef, pork, or sometimes chicken in rich broth all packaged ready to go within a single layer of flour which will not leak out is the best description I can give there. Then with your merry time, choose between ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, or spicy red pepper for additional flavors. Dumpling Express's main drawback: There definitely wasn't enough broth in their servings, the skin was ice cold, and when it was time to pay the bill, I still felt famished. I have to put down my chopsticks, grab a to-go bag, and find something else for my stomach to feed on. I wear braces and I have to very picky about this to save money on my treatment to make sure I can get them off on time. Service: Felt like a large merchandise store, you paid the bill, but so much stuff gets racked up at the end, you sometimes do not know which item is yours. Most of the workers are pretty condescending I feel or perhaps do not have a strong grasp of the English language I believe. Just to make things clear, I actually bust out speaking more Mandarin to make sure I could get my order done without wasting any of my own time. As a matter of fact, people crave this place as if there is no sunny day tomorrow. I understand why, it is so darn difficult to get something that is sort of typical to a foreign country even when it fails to get a passing grade. College students are in a bubble, thereby trapped in this sphere for the sake of convenience. Thank the Lord that there are other better places for the Xiao Long Bao. Any Cantonese restaurant beats the make believe Shanghainese/Taiwanese style food here. 多謝！
2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley, CA 94704