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Where to Stock Up on Frozen Dumplings in the Bay Area

Load up your freezer for a quick, convenient, delicious meal anytime you want it

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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.

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1. Village House Restaurant

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3398 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 806-1959

The Outer Richmond Northern Chinese restaurant offers a full slate its dumplings, from pork with celery to lamb with zucchini, for $8–$10 for a bag of a dozen. It’s open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day except Wednesday, but for frozen dumplings, customers should pick up directly at the restaurant.

2. Asian American Food Company

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2048 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 665-6617
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This is a dedicated frozen dumpling shop, affiliated with the nearby Kingdom of Dumpling restaurant, and features a wide selection of dumplings for at-home boiling, plus frozen xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and other dough-based specialties like scallion pancakes and jiucai hezi (chive pockets). The shop is open 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

3. Dumpling Alley

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2512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 753-9617

Best known for its best-in-class xiao long bao, which are unavailable for the time being, Dumpling Alley is now selling bags of several varieties frozen dumplings (from pork and sweet corn to pork, shrimp, and chives) — a bag of 20 will run you $10 or $11, depending on the variety. You can purchase and pick the dumplings directly at the restaurant, which is open 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. every day except Monday.

Wontons in spicy chili oil at Dumpling Alley Luke Tsai

4. Dragon Beaux

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5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 333-8899
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SF’s top upscale dim sum spot is open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 5–8 p.m., and is now offering a fairly extensive selection of frozen dim sum for customers who’d like to steam their har gow, xiao long bao (aka Shanghai dumplings), or chicken feet at home, with 10 percent off orders over $100.

5. Dumpling Specialist

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1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 640-1403

Known for its sheng jian bao (pan-fried pork buns) and Northern Chinese breakfast dishes, Dumpling Specialist also serves very good boiled dumplings and xiao long bao, most of which are always prepared fresh. They’ll sometimes freeze any surplus, though, so customers can call ahead to inquire about availability of frozen buns or dumplings.

Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

6. Yummy Dumpling

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1708 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 753-9308

Not a restaurant but a dedicated shop for frozen dumplings, which are made in-house on site. There are plentiful options, especially for pork and chicken fillings, and a bag of 20 will only cost you $8–$10. The hours are idiosyncratic — just Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — so it’s smart to call ahead before heading over.

7. Dumpling Park

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1309 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 702-6108

One of the Sunset’s newer Chinese restaurants, Dumpling Park (located in the former Howard’s Cafe) offers nine different kinds of house-made frozen dumplings, plus frozen wontons. It’s also one of the few spots that has made its frozen options available for delivery — via DoorDash.

8. Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

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436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-9690
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The Richmond District’s longstanding Russian bakery and cafe is open daily for pickup from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call in or order via the delivery apps for Cinderella’s full slate of Russian comfort food offerings — including bags of frozen pelmeni (meat-filled dumplings), which are available for $8 for a bag of 20.

A bowl of pelmeni in broth from Cinderella Russian Bakery in the Richmond Cinderella Russian Bakery & Cafe

9. Beijing Restaurant

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1801 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 333-8182
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The Excelsior neighborhood staple is selling several varieties of frozen dumplings: pork and napa cabbage, shrimp and chives, pork and fennel, and more — plus frozen wontons. All are available for $24.95 for a bag of 50 dumplings.

10. YH-Beijing

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500 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 355-9125
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This Northern Chinese restaurant in the Lower Haight will sell a frozen version of any dumpling on its menu at a 25 percent discount. The order size varies depending on the type of dumpling — the boiled dumplings, for instance, typically come eight per order.

11. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

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900 North Point St b201
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 347-8888
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The Ghirardelli Square sister restaurant of esteemed dim sum spots Dragon Beaux and Koi Palace, Palette is now offering an entire menu of frozen dim sum for customers to steam at home for when they want to recreate that restaurant dim sum experience. Options include soup dumplings (aka XLB), siu mai, and Sichuan pork dumplings. Steaming baskets are also on offer for those who don’t already have the proper equipment at home.

12. Dim Sum Bistro

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675 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-7028
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The popular steam-table takeout dim sum spot in Chinatown is open for takeout from 9 a.m. to around 3 or 4 p.m. During the shelter in place, it is serving frozen dim sum items exclusively — basically, almost anything that they had on the menu before is now available in frozen form. Note: The staffers who answer the phone seem to mostly speak Cantonese and Mandarin, so if you aren’t conversant in those languages, it’s best to just head over to the shop to pick out what you want.

13. Bini's Kitchen

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1001 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 361-6911
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San Francisco’s top momo shop is currently selling big bags of the frozen Nepalese dumplings for takeout and delivery — $50 for a bag of 50 frozen turkey or veggie momos, or $75 for 50 lamb momos. It’s open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; call or text orders at 415-361-6911 or email order@biniskitchen.com.

Momos at Bini’s Kitchen Patricia Chang

14. RM 212

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690 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 500-2780
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The FiDi “Asian tapas bistro” has been running a “city shutdown special”: $20 for a bag of 20 frozen potstickers, with a roll of toilet paper thrown in for good measure. Call in to order.

15. Mama Liang’s

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60 Morris St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 237-6529
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Liang’s Village, a Cupertino-based Taiwanese restaurant, has spread its wings through a SoMa ghost kitchen delivery operation called Mama Liang’s, which delivers frozen noodles and frozen red-oil wontons through the various delivery apps. Beyond that, the restaurant also does occasional drop-offs — with a broader “bodega” menu that includes additional frozen items — at various locations in SF and the East Bay, with pre-ordering via a Google form.

16. New Dumpling

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10064 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 529-4161

The El Cerrito dumpling hotspot was closed for a few weeks, but has now reopened with a full lineup of frozen dumplings — $8.99–$9.99 for a bag of 20, depending on the variety. The restaurant is essentially offering frozen versions of all the dumplings on its menu, subject to availability. Customer favorites include the chicken and mushroom dumplings and the shrimp and zucchini.

Dumplings and sliced pig ears at New Dumpling Luke Tsai

17. Yuen Hop Co

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824 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-2698

This isn’t a restaurant, but it’s the premier destination in Oakland’s Chinatown if you’re on the hunt for fresh noodles or dumpling or wonton skins for your own home cooking. It isn’t currently selling frozen boiled dumplings, but it does have frozen pork and chicken potstickers available — $19.99 for a bag of about 38.

18. Shan Dong

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328 10th St #101
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 839-2299
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Probably the East Bay’s most long-established dumpling and house-made noodle spot, Shan Dong has a variety of frozen dumplings available for pickup — $28 for a bag of 50.

19. Lai Young

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2609 Oliver Dr
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 293-9620

This small strip mall market — a longtime favorite in Hayward — specializes in frozen dumplings, which are sold in bags of 50 starting at around $16 a pop. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call ahead to inquire about availability.

20. Bing's Dumplings 麵香

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34360 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94555
(510) 320-5360
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The Fremont restaurant is mostly known for its soup dumplings, which it sells frozen — $22 for a bag of 30 — along with a variety of other frozen dumplings, wontons, and buns. The restaurant also sells hot food for takeout Friday–Sunday. On Monday through Thursday, you can call 408-806-4881 to arrange pickup of frozen dumplings from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

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1. Village House Restaurant

3398 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The Outer Richmond Northern Chinese restaurant offers a full slate its dumplings, from pork with celery to lamb with zucchini, for $8–$10 for a bag of a dozen. It’s open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day except Wednesday, but for frozen dumplings, customers should pick up directly at the restaurant.

3398 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

2. Asian American Food Company

2048 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

This is a dedicated frozen dumpling shop, affiliated with the nearby Kingdom of Dumpling restaurant, and features a wide selection of dumplings for at-home boiling, plus frozen xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and other dough-based specialties like scallion pancakes and jiucai hezi (chive pockets). The shop is open 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

2048 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

3. Dumpling Alley

2512 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Wontons in spicy chili oil at Dumpling Alley Luke Tsai

Best known for its best-in-class xiao long bao, which are unavailable for the time being, Dumpling Alley is now selling bags of several varieties frozen dumplings (from pork and sweet corn to pork, shrimp, and chives) — a bag of 20 will run you $10 or $11, depending on the variety. You can purchase and pick the dumplings directly at the restaurant, which is open 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. every day except Monday.

2512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. Dragon Beaux

5700 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

SF’s top upscale dim sum spot is open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 5–8 p.m., and is now offering a fairly extensive selection of frozen dim sum for customers who’d like to steam their har gow, xiao long bao (aka Shanghai dumplings), or chicken feet at home, with 10 percent off orders over $100.

5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

5. Dumpling Specialist

1123 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Known for its sheng jian bao (pan-fried pork buns) and Northern Chinese breakfast dishes, Dumpling Specialist also serves very good boiled dumplings and xiao long bao, most of which are always prepared fresh. They’ll sometimes freeze any surplus, though, so customers can call ahead to inquire about availability of frozen buns or dumplings.

1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

6. Yummy Dumpling

1708 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Not a restaurant but a dedicated shop for frozen dumplings, which are made in-house on site. There are plentiful options, especially for pork and chicken fillings, and a bag of 20 will only cost you $8–$10. The hours are idiosyncratic — just Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — so it’s smart to call ahead before heading over.

1708 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

7. Dumpling Park

1309 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

One of the Sunset’s newer Chinese restaurants, Dumpling Park (located in the former Howard’s Cafe) offers nine different kinds of house-made frozen dumplings, plus frozen wontons. It’s also one of the few spots that has made its frozen options available for delivery — via DoorDash.

1309 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

8. Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
A bowl of pelmeni in broth from Cinderella Russian Bakery in the Richmond Cinderella Russian Bakery & Cafe

The Richmond District’s longstanding Russian bakery and cafe is open daily for pickup from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call in or order via the delivery apps for Cinderella’s full slate of Russian comfort food offerings — including bags of frozen pelmeni (meat-filled dumplings), which are available for $8 for a bag of 20.

436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

9. Beijing Restaurant

1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

The Excelsior neighborhood staple is selling several varieties of frozen dumplings: pork and napa cabbage, shrimp and chives, pork and fennel, and more — plus frozen wontons. All are available for $24.95 for a bag of 50 dumplings.

1801 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94112

10. YH-Beijing

500 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

This Northern Chinese restaurant in the Lower Haight will sell a frozen version of any dumpling on its menu at a 25 percent discount. The order size varies depending on the type of dumpling — the boiled dumplings, for instance, typically come eight per order.

500 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

900 North Point St b201, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Ghirardelli Square sister restaurant of esteemed dim sum spots Dragon Beaux and Koi Palace, Palette is now offering an entire menu of frozen dim sum for customers to steam at home for when they want to recreate that restaurant dim sum experience. Options include soup dumplings (aka XLB), siu mai, and Sichuan pork dumplings. Steaming baskets are also on offer for those who don’t already have the proper equipment at home.

900 North Point St b201
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. Dim Sum Bistro

675 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

The popular steam-table takeout dim sum spot in Chinatown is open for takeout from 9 a.m. to around 3 or 4 p.m. During the shelter in place, it is serving frozen dim sum items exclusively — basically, almost anything that they had on the menu before is now available in frozen form. Note: The staffers who answer the phone seem to mostly speak Cantonese and Mandarin, so if you aren’t conversant in those languages, it’s best to just head over to the shop to pick out what you want.

675 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

13. Bini's Kitchen

1001 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Momos at Bini’s Kitchen Patricia Chang

San Francisco’s top momo shop is currently selling big bags of the frozen Nepalese dumplings for takeout and delivery — $50 for a bag of 50 frozen turkey or veggie momos, or $75 for 50 lamb momos. It’s open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; call or text orders at 415-361-6911 or email order@biniskitchen.com.

1001 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. RM 212

690 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The FiDi “Asian tapas bistro” has been running a “city shutdown special”: $20 for a bag of 20 frozen potstickers, with a roll of toilet paper thrown in for good measure. Call in to order.

690 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

15. Mama Liang’s

60 Morris St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Liang’s Village, a Cupertino-based Taiwanese restaurant, has spread its wings through a SoMa ghost kitchen delivery operation called Mama Liang’s, which delivers frozen noodles and frozen red-oil wontons through the various delivery apps. Beyond that, the restaurant also does occasional drop-offs — with a broader “bodega” menu that includes additional frozen items — at various locations in SF and the East Bay, with pre-ordering via a Google form.

60 Morris St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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16. New Dumpling

10064 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Dumplings and sliced pig ears at New Dumpling Luke Tsai

The El Cerrito dumpling hotspot was closed for a few weeks, but has now reopened with a full lineup of frozen dumplings — $8.99–$9.99 for a bag of 20, depending on the variety. The restaurant is essentially offering frozen versions of all the dumplings on its menu, subject to availability. Customer favorites include the chicken and mushroom dumplings and the shrimp and zucchini.

10064 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530

17. Yuen Hop Co

824 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

This isn’t a restaurant, but it’s the premier destination in Oakland’s Chinatown if you’re on the hunt for fresh noodles or dumpling or wonton skins for your own home cooking. It isn’t currently selling frozen boiled dumplings, but it does have frozen pork and chicken potstickers available — $19.99 for a bag of about 38.

824 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607

18. Shan Dong

328 10th St #101, Oakland, CA 94607

Probably the East Bay’s most long-established dumpling and house-made noodle spot, Shan Dong has a variety of frozen dumplings available for pickup — $28 for a bag of 50.

328 10th St #101
Oakland, CA 94607

19. Lai Young

2609 Oliver Dr, Hayward, CA 94545

This small strip mall market — a longtime favorite in Hayward — specializes in frozen dumplings, which are sold in bags of 50 starting at around $16 a pop. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call ahead to inquire about availability.

2609 Oliver Dr
Hayward, CA 94545

20. Bing's Dumplings 麵香

34360 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555

The Fremont restaurant is mostly known for its soup dumplings, which it sells frozen — $22 for a bag of 30 — along with a variety of other frozen dumplings, wontons, and buns. The restaurant also sells hot food for takeout Friday–Sunday. On Monday through Thursday, you can call 408-806-4881 to arrange pickup of frozen dumplings from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

34360 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94555

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