United Dumplings doesn’t try to be the most authentic spot for dumplings in SF, and instead of trying to appease all the traditionalists out there, they leaned into a more modern, street food-influenced style where they’ve incorporated unique ingredients from their own journeys through life. A lot of their dumplings are familiar enough that you’d feel at home ordering and eating everything, but it’s when you take that first bite that you experience unexpected and surprising flavors that aren’t usually part of the Sichuan palette, but still somehow don’t feel out of place. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal there, and I’m excited to give you all some recommendations!
Chicken and Scallop Dumplings
This beauty is filled with chicken and spring onion, and hidden right at the center is a scallop! It’s topped with some fish roe and has a really interesting mix of flavors from the seafood and chicken. They’re definitely worth a try!
Pork XLB (Xiaolongbao)
The Pork XLB from United Dumplings is more of a classic dumpling that you’d find at other dim sum spots. They’re also known as soup dumplings because they’re filled with a little broth. I get these anytime I get dim sum, and United Dumplings didn’t disappoint!
Spicy Sichuan Wontons in Red Oil
Although “spicy” is in the name, they’re not over-the-top and actually have a subtle sweetness to them that makes these truly enjoyable. They’re made with ground pork, shrimp, water chestnut, green onions and peanuts, so even though these were the smallest dumplings, they were packed full of flavor.
Chicken Mushroom Truffle Dumplings
The Chicken Mushroom Truffle Dumplings were the most surprising! You really taste the truffle in there, which goes amazingly well in dumplings. My initial thought was that it tasted kind of like blue cheese, so if you’re a fan of that kind of strong flavor, these are a must.
California Beef Noodle Soup
If you want something heartier to accompany your dumpling feast, the California Beef Noodle Soup is the perfect option! It’s filled with noodles, braised beef, bok choy, cilantro, and chili oil, and it has a bold, beef stew-like flavor. The bowl is actually pretty large, so it’s perfect for sharing.
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