POT STICKERS, SUMAI, MOMO. What’s not to love about balls of steamed or pan-fried dough? Here’s a list of five places where you can find the best dumplings in Milwaukee.
221 N. Water St., 414-269-8699
360 E. Erie St., 414-488-8036
Each of these Sichuan pork dumplings has a cap of scallions, cilantro, chile oil and black vinegar, and is fried to a tantalizing crisp-tender place that I can’t stop thinking about ($12 for fi ve). For a plant-based experience, try the round, beautifully pleated veggie momo stuffed with curried mustard greens and tofu and served with a more tangy-than-sweet peanut sauce.
105 S. Main St., Thiensville, 262-236-9463
I like the gingery, Nepal-style momo filled with lamb and steamed or pan-fried to a light-brown sheen that sets of the elegant folds of the dough. They’re even more succulent with the spicy pickled vegetable aachar (relish) that comes with them ($8-$12 for five).
1230 E. Brady St., 414-226-6640
10 E. Greenfield Ave.
In Shanghai, they’re called xiao long bao. And, due to their deliciousness as well as the difficulty in finding them locally, these broth-filled dough pockets are the holy grail of dumplings. The fragile, juicy creations filled with pork and hot broth are scalding inside, so put your willpower to the test and let them settle in the basket for a few minutes before you start eating ($12 for eight).