Happy Dumplings can be found at both the Stonestown Farmers Market on Sundays and at the Fort Mason Off the Grid on Friday nights. They also have a walk-in restaurant called Little Saigon Cafe located downtown. Their mobile truck and farmers market stand specialize in their version of potstickers, which are made fresh to order and pan-fried right before they are served. Their menu selection has both meat and vegetarian offerings, with usually one special of the day.
The first bao I tried was the Egg, Chive and Chicken Potsticker off of their regular menu. The bun was filled with glass noodles, chives, diced chicken and egg. I enjoyed the overall flavor, and the glass noodles added an interesting texture, but the egg really dominated the show. I was actually hoping for the chives to be more prominent against the otherwise neutral flavors. It tasted fine, and I enjoyed it, but I thought it could have had a stronger flavor, especially when compared to the other bun in my order.
Overall I really enjoyed my dumplings and love that I can watch them being made, from the filling to the frying to my plate. I can't wait to try more of their specials, and the price, at 4 dumplings for $3.00, is very accessible for those who are just curious to try.
Rating - Egg, Chive and Chicken Potstickers: 3/5
Rating - Pork and Fennel Potstickers: 4/5 (ratings guide)
Happy Dumplings (@HappyDumplings) $3.00 for 4 dumplings
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