In the East Village you can get a taste of homemade dumplings, complete with mom's secret sauce. The sisters behind Mimi Cheng's Dumplings are trying putting their creative spin on dumplings. Zagat Editor Patty Lee filed the following report for NY1.
Run by sisters Marian and Hannah Cheng, this chic dumpling bar is nothing like the Chinatown hole-in-the-walls we’ve grown accustomed to. The non-traditional potstickers you find here are scratch-made from organic ingredients, just like the ones their mom used to make.
“We grew up in the suburbs of New York in Rockland County and so people actually had room for gardens. So, one time my mom took too many zucchinis off of a plant and she ended up putting it a dumpling recipe so that’s how the Mimi Cheng dumpling recipe came about and ever since we started doing that, we became obsessed," says Marian Cheng.
Mimi didn’t just give this spot her name—her creativity has also inspired the sisters to put their own spin on the Chinese staple, launching monthly specials like the gameday-ready buffalo chicken dumplings.
“It’s football season, so dumplings and football, that’s what New York does. So we have pasteurized chicken, organic carrots and organic celery and some hot sauce, and we have housemade blue cheese that goes along with it really nice,” Cheng says.
At the shop, you’ll see the little bundles being assembled right at the front counter. It’s all a part of the homey, inviting aesthetic.
"My sister and I like to say that it’s an extension of our apartment and make sure that everyone feels welcome here. It’s back to what we love so we love everything whitewashed and clean and happy and positive energy. We have a sign up that my sister drew that says ‘Good Vibes Only,’ so we’re all about that," Cheng says.
With creative stuffings that also include kale and even apple-cinnamon, plus mom’s top-secret dipping sauce, the Chengs have certainly made a unique and delicious mark on the New York dumpling scene.
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