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