Here Are 33 Different Kinds of Dumplings From NYC’s Newest Dumpling Paradise

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Duck-filled dumplings from Dumpling Galaxy
Duck-filled dumplings from Dumpling Galaxy Photo: King Yip

Dumplings are one of those foods, like, pizza and burgers, that even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. But when they’re good — made with care and high-quality ingredients — they are truly special. And people who have visited Helen You’s Tianjin Dumpling, the eight-year-old Golden Shopping Mall stall in Flushing, know that she specializes in filling combinations found nowhere else. Now she’s debuted the full-service Dumpling Galaxy at the much roomier Arcadia Mall, offering upwards of 100 different varieties of dumplings.

Duck-filled dumplings from Dumpling Galaxy
Duck-filled dumplings from Dumpling Galaxy Photo: King Yip

What’s the reason for the expansive menu? "I started from there and couldn’t stop," You tells Grub, explaining that unlike other standard-bearer pork and chive places around the city, she fills all her dumplings to order — that’s almost unheard of, anywhere. Furthermore, she now plans to overhaul the menu every other year, which means Dumpling Galaxy’s selection will only grow as expansively, like its name indicates, with age. But before that happens, here’s a very necessary primer: a look at 33 of the most unusual, tastiest, and most unexpectedly sweet renditions on the menu.

Duck, duck, shroom.
Duck, duck, shroom. Photo: Jason Crowley
Octo-dumplings!
Octo-dumplings! Photo: Jason Crowley
Lend me your (wood) ear.
Lend me your (wood) ear. Photo: Jason Crowley
Bitter melon FTW.
Bitter melon FTW. Photo: Jason Crowley
Yes, that does look like yolk, but it's not.
Yes, that does look like yolk, but it's not. Photo: Jason Crowley
Just don't call it "calamari."
Just don't call it "calamari." Photo: Jason Crowley
Also, traditional pork!
Also, traditional pork! Photo: King Yip
Looks a bit fresher than your standard pork dumpling, don't it?
Looks a bit fresher than your standard pork dumpling, don't it? Photo: Jason Crowley
It's the thinking man's "Pork and Chives."
It's the thinking man's "Pork and Chives." Photo: Jason Crowley
Who knew a dumpling could be so light and refreshing?
Who knew a dumpling could be so light and refreshing? Photo: Jason Crowley
None of he aforementioned treasures involve gold.
None of he aforementioned treasures involve gold. Photo: King Yip
Put some smoked salmon on this and you're golden.
Put some smoked salmon on this and you're golden. Photo: King Yip
The Sloppy Joe of Chinese dumplings.
The Sloppy Joe of Chinese dumplings. Photo: Jason Crowley
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Photo: Jason Crowley
Hell yeah, beta carotene.
Hell yeah, beta carotene. Photo: Jason Crowley
Calling all vegetarian crustacean enthusiasts.
Calling all vegetarian crustacean enthusiasts. Photo: Jason Crowley
Another light dumpling.
Another light dumpling. Photo: Jason Crowley
The preserved egg has an almost cheese-like flavor.
The preserved egg has an almost cheese-like flavor. Photo: Jason Crowley
For all of her egg dumplings, You scrambles them for the fluffy, tender texture.
For all of her egg dumplings, You scrambles them for the fluffy, tender texture. Photo: Jason Crowley
Seafood blockbuster.
Seafood blockbuster. Photo: Jason Crowley
It's got a little bit of color.
It's got a little bit of color. Photo: Jason Crowley
It's like bacon-corn chowder in dumpling form.
It's like bacon-corn chowder in dumpling form. Photo: King Yip
Looks matter.
Looks matter. Photo: King Yip
Whoa.
Whoa. Photo: Jason Crowley
Other than the dumpling skin, this one is totally Paleo.
Other than the dumpling skin, this one is totally Paleo. Photo: Jason Crowley
Yam bam thank you ... shrimp?
Yam bam thank you ... shrimp? Photo: Jason Crowley
Nuts for nuts: The dumpling.
Nuts for nuts: The dumpling. Photo: Jason Crowley
Green squash, ground lamb.
Green squash, ground lamb. Photo: Jason Crowley
Celery squared.
Celery squared. Photo: Jason Crowley
Go ahead and eat the lotus (root).
Go ahead and eat the lotus (root). Photo: Jason Crowley
Dun du du duh du dudu dun duh du Bonanza!
Dun du du duh du dudu dun duh du Bonanza! Photo: Jason Crowley
Looks matter.
Looks matter. Photo: Jason Crowley

This is where the magic happens.
This is where the magic happens. Photo: Jason Crowley

Dumpling Galaxy, 42-35 Main St., nr. Franklin Ave., Flushing; 718-461-0808


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