A search for Chinese soup dumplings, those plump steamed dumplings filled with savory pork broth and ground pork, brought us to China MaMa. The word on the street is this is the place to go for soup dumplings.We were not disappointed. What we found was very, very nice.
Eight hot, plump dumplings filled with ground pork and a rich pork aspic that liquifies when steamed arrived at our table along with small bowls of shredded ginger to mix with dark vinegar for dipping.
We also had one of the best versions of Sweet and Sour Chicken we’ve ever had. Thin pieces of boneless chicken were coated in an outstanding crunchy batter and served un-sauced with fresh (not canned) pineapple pieces and crisp vegetables. What makes this stand out was the more tart than sweet sauce that is served on the side. It was not that goopy, syrupy sweet sauce from a jar one usually finds on Chinese menus smothering oily chunks of badly breaded chicken. We loved it.
China MaMa is cooking authentic Chinese dishes in a casual neighborhood restaurant located in a corner of an older strip plaza in Chinatown. You won’t find any “combo plates”, but the huge menu is easy to read and includes a long list of interesting dishes not usually found in most of our Chinese restaurants around town. Reservations aren’t needed, but now that the word is out on the soup dumplings, that could change soon.