Monday, August 10, 2009

Scarfing dumplings at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

On Saturday night, AV and I were headed to the Frying Pan for drinks with a couple friends. But first we needed some eats. I was lethargic and AV was sleepy, and so somehow we ended up at Anita Lo's Rickshaw Dumpling Bar in Chelsea. Don't ask me how. We just love dumplings.

We each ordered their cool combo boxes, each of which comes with six dumplings, a dipping sauce, and a green salad with some sort of dressing. After ordering, our food was ready before we could even gather the requisite utensils. Ahhh, the joys of fast food.

We sat at a tiny table and began to gobble. AV had chosen their Chicken and Thai Basil dumplings, which come with spicy peanut dipping sauce. AV liked the dumplings but noted that since the sauce was refrigerated, it was a little thick and required a bit of stirring to be dippable. His salad had a peanut dressing, which seemed to be appreciated.

Lots of ingredients and various sauces

The cross-section

My choice was the vegetarian option: the edamame dumplings with a lemon sansho dipping sauce. These were delicious and quite hearty, especially with their whole wheat wrapper (which I appreciated. Healthy!). My salad was the citrus ginger vinaigrette salad; it was pretty much just mixed greens, and the dressing was a little bit over-oily for me, but it fulfilled the craving for greens.

The veggie version

Green filling, with whole edamame inside

Overall-- quite a good experience that fulfilled our dumpling craving ably. It's fast food, but I'll give it three Offset Spatulas. Next stop: Chinatown!

Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
61 West 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

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