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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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Village House Restaurant

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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.

Asian American Food Company

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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.

Dumpling Alley

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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

Dragon Beaux

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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.

Dumpling Specialist

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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

Yummy Dumpling

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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.

Dumpling Park

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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.

Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

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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

Beijing Restaurant

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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.

YH-Beijing

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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.

Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

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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.

Dim Sum Bistro

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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.

Bini's Kitchen

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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

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.

Mama Liang’s

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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.

New Dumpling

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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

Yuen Hop Co

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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.

Shan Dong

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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.

Lai Young

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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.

Bing's Dumplings 麵香

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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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Village House Restaurant

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.

Asian American Food Company

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.

Dumpling Alley

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.

Wontons in spicy chili oil at Dumpling Alley Luke Tsai

Dragon Beaux

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.

Dumpling Specialist

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.

Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Yummy Dumpling

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.

Dumpling Park

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.

Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

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.

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

Beijing Restaurant

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.

YH-Beijing

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.

Palette Tea House & Dim Sum

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.

Dim Sum Bistro

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.

Bini's Kitchen

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.

Momos at Bini’s Kitchen Patricia Chang

RM 212

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.

Mama Liang’s

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.

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New Dumpling

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.

Dumplings and sliced pig ears at New Dumpling Luke Tsai

Yuen Hop Co

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.

Shan Dong

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.

Lai Young

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.

Bing's Dumplings 麵香

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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