Where to Get Dumplings During the COVID-19 Era

By Eric Twardzik
03/10/2021
Dumpling Kingdom

Perfectly portable, instantly comforting: Who doesn’t love Chinese-style dumplings? From chicken-stuffed and swimming in Sichuan oil to nontraditional potato-and-cheddar pierogi, get your dumplings delivered or packaged to-go from the Boston venues below.

Blossom Bar

Exterior of Blossom Bar

Blossom Bar is open for takeout and delivery with a large menu of Sichuan-style Chinese food, including Steamed Pork Dumplings with Chili Vinaigrette, Pan Seared Pork Dumplings, and Vegetable Dumplings. While you’re at it, you can also order Blossom Bar’s famed cocktails in mixer form to up your home bartending game.

Chicken dumplings with Sichuan sauce from Bess's Cafe

From Tuesday through Sunday, you can catch the Jiang Nan-style Chinese fare served by this Brookline gem through takeout or delivery. The menu at Bess’s Cafe features a selection of handmade dumplings, including Shrimp; Pork & Chive; and—our personal favorite—Chicken Dumplings with Sichuan Sauce, which places delicate, Shanghai-style dumplings filled with ground chicken in a potent red sauce spiced with chilies and Sichuan peppercorns.

The Baldwin Bar

Interior of The Baldwin Bar

Through its adjacent sister restaurant Sichuan Garden II, The Baldwin Bar in Woburn has Pan Seared Pork Dumplings, Sichuan Pork Dumplings with Chili Vinaigrette, and Steamed Vegetable Dumplings available for takeout and delivery. Like at Brookline sister spot Blossom Bar, top-shelf cocktails are also available to-go.

Gourmet Dumpling House

Soup dumplings from Gourmet Dumpling House

This Chinatown mainstay Gourmet Dumpling House has its namesake fare via takeout, including favorites like starchy Pan Fried Pork Buns, garlicky Steamed Vegetable Buns, and its reputation-making Mini Juicy Dumplings with Pork, aka soup dumplings. Thankfully, the piping-hot soup dumplings should cool to a safe temperature by the time you’re back home.

Dumplings from Mei Mei

Mei Mei is selling Pasture-Raised Pork Dumplings with cranberries and chive or Pierogi Dumplings filled with potatoes and Cabot cheddar. Both are available in 20-count portions that can be picked up and heated at home. And if you feel like getting into the wrapping and pinching yourself, you can opt for a DIY Dumpling Making Kit that includes sixty wrappers plus a quart of pierogi filling and folding instructions.

Dumpling Kingdom

The Allston outpost of an empire that also includes Chinatown’s Dumpling Cafe, Taiwan Cafe, and Dumpling Palace in the Symphony area, Dumpling Kingdom is a utopia for dumpling takeout and delivery. Mini Juicy Buns, as soup dumplings are called here, are in fact very plump buns, filled near-to-bursting with flavorful broth and pork, with or without crabmeat. They are a must-order, along with crispy Taiwan Style Pan Fried Dumplings.

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