While some folks seem to be using the Bay Area’s shelter in place as an opportunity for long-form cooking experiments — days long sourdough and sous vide meat projects — there are, of course, the rest of us, still working 10 hour days while cooped up at home, balancing childcare, existential dread, and everything else. We just want to get the damn dinner on the table, and we’d like it to still taste good, thank you very much.
Thank goodness, then, for frozen dumplings, which you can stash away in your freezer, and then boil, steam, or pan-fry your way to a delicious meal in 10 or 15 minutes flat. You can, of course, stock up at any well-stocked grocery store, especially the Asian markets. But during the coronavirus shutdown, more and more of the city’s (primarily Chinese) restaurants are selling their full lineup of dumpling offerings in frozen form, along with a handful of specialty shops whose whole reason for being is to supply you with as many frozen dumplings as your heart desires. Here are 20 great options in San Francisco and the East Bay.Read More