I first came across Dumpling Darlings at Artbox, and the owner June then casually said they were looking at opening a shop. I made a promise then, ”I will come.”
When I visited anonymously, and opened the door, she was right there. Turns out that this concept is by the team behind Lola’s Café.
The menu is straight-forward, serving dumplings and noodles, and I reckon this would be quite popular with the CBD crowd for its food and price-point.
The Dumplings are made in house (they better be), including interesting flavours such as Spicy Sichuan, Veggie Mandu, Momo Curry, Fried Pierogi and Smoked Duck Dumplings.
Priced at $7 or $8 for a set of 5 dumplings. If you come in a group, get a “Dumpling Party” set of 15 assorted flavours at $20.
The fillings used are drawn by inspiration from cultures across the world. For example, the Fried Pierogi is an Eastern European inspired dumpling packed with truffle potato, smoked bacon and cheese.
The Spicy Sichuan is available in a pan-fried or boiled version which is similar to the classic “Hong You Chao Shou” (Sichuan Red Oil Wontons).
The Original Dumplings were filled with minced pork collar and napa cabbage, to be dipped with julienned ginger and black vinegar.
It arrived looking slightly charred. The good point was that component of crisp and smokiness; on the other hand some parts could taste mildly bitter.
I enjoy the moist fillings, though would have personally preferred them to have more meat, bursting with juices.
So to me, it was actually the noodles that I would come back for.
Made fresh daily with three ingredients of flour, eggs and salt, there were just three bowls to choose from – Miso Mushroom, Braised Pork and Sichuan Pork.
The price-point was friendly, at $5 or $6 (for those with meats). An egg cost an additional $1.50.
While “Sichuan” would imply a certain level of fieriness, I would say the spiciness level is at a 1-2 on a scale of 10.
Their noodles cut fresh had a chewy springy bite, nicely dry-tossed in a flavourful sauce, with just that tad of spiciness. The generous amount of shallots provided that fragrance and light crunch.
The Iced Shaken Teas of Longan Osmanthus Pu-Er, Grapefruit Thyme Strawberry and Salted Plum Wolfberry make a worthy and refreshing complement to the ‘heaty’ food.
44 Amoy Street Singapore 069870
Tel: +65 8223 9249
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm Last Orders 2.30pm (Mon – Fri),
6pm – 10:30pm Last Order 10:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 6pm – 2am Last Order 1am (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun