Kingdom of Dumpling
1713 Taraval Street
San Francsico, CA 94116
Why did we dine here? – Kingdom of Dumpling is a small Chinese restaurant specializing in dumplings. Being large dumpling fans, we decided to finally give this place a try. There are few restaurants with this variety of dumplings on the menu. The place has been featured on Check Please, so it has become busier over the years. Lots of to go orders. Our last visit was in July 2016.
Insider Tip – The restaurant is tiny, so come early or else you’ll have to wait. To go might be a good option.
Cuisine – Chinese
Location – San Francisco, Sunset District
Opened – 2008
Service – Kingdom of Dumpling had reasonable service for such a tiny establishment.
Verdict – Kingdom of Dumpling serves up solid dumplings in pretty marginal conditions. Not exactly a hot date spot. San Tung serves up slightly better dumplings in a much nicer location. Also consider larger Dumpling Kitchen, up the block. They have better Xiao Long Bao.
Signature Dishes – Dumplings?!?
Kingdom of Dumpling SF Menu includes a variety of starters as well as 19 different types of dumplings. They also have typical Mandarin style Chinese dishes. The menu is very short and succinct.
Kingdom of Dumpling Picks:
Cucumber ($5.95) with crisp wood ear mushrooms was decent. Nice snappy cucumbers in a mellow sauce.
Pork Dumpling with Napa Cabbage ($6.45 for 12) were above-average dumplings filled with tender filling.
Pork Dumplings with Green Chives ($6.45 for 12) were even better.
Lamb Dumpling with Chinese Vegetables ($6.95 for 12) were also decent, but a little lacking in flavor. Chicken dumplings with Corn ($6.95) were a change of pace from the usual pork ones.
Beef Pancake ($5.95) was a good sized and not too greasy pancake.
Shanghai Bock Choy hit the mark with hot off the wok stir fried fresh greens.
Green onion pancake ($4.95) was thin, pale and low on flavor, so it was barely acceptable.
Shanghai Pan Fried Dumplings ($4.95 for 4) were pretty good, but possessed very little soup. Nice crisp bottom. They took a while to arrive, as the kitchen is small.
Garlic String Beans ($6.95) were a solid rendition of the classic dish.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Hot and Sour soup was not on the menu and probably shouldn’t be on the menu. Spicy and lacking flavor.