10 Hudson Valley Dumplings You Won’t Be Able to Stop Eating
Whether you’re in the mood for soup dumplings or pan-seared pockets, these local eateries satisfy all your savory cravings.
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Dumplings are dangerous.
Think about it. When’s the last time you’ve eaten only one pot sticker? We’re not complaining, though. In the Hudson Valley, dumpling options abound nearly as often as our cravings for them, popping up as pan-fried pockets, origami-ed shumai, and broth-filled soup pouches. Inside the delicate dough folds, world flavors pack an incredible punch — a welcome surprise from such small bites.
Hungry yet? Eat your way through our local list, then tell us your favorite Hudson Valley dumplings in the comments.
Try this: Crab and pork soup dumplings
Ala Shanghai might be somewhat off the beaten path for anyone outside of the Latham area, but its dumplings make the drive into town more than worth it. Everything on the dim sum menu is top-notch, but the steamed Shanghaiese soup dumplings stuffed with crab, pork, and broth are just the thing to soothe the soul after a long day.
Pair them with an order of sticky rice shumai or crispy fried wontons for the dumpling-centric dinner of your dreams.
Try this: Steamed Shanghai bun
Cho Cho San might technically be a noodle house, but it's dumplings are more than worth the trip to Nanuet. No order is complete without the eatery's signature steamed Shanghai buns, which feature six perfectly steamed pork dumplings with a zingy ginger and vinegar dipping sauce. As an upgrade, the buns can also be topped with crab meat for a unique surf and turf combo.
Try this: Steamed pork dumplings
Cornwall’s Kanda House is an excellent option for Thai food in the Hudson Valley. It also happens to be a top spot for homemade dumplings, especially when shared as an appetizer before a meal with friends.
Start off with four pieces of the steamed pork pouches, which are packed with ground pork, carrots, water chestnuts, and scallions. Enjoy them hot and dipped in soy sauce.
Try this: Steamed shrimp and pork shumai
Lucky Dragon is owned by the same team as The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, so you know its cuisine is top of the line. Unsurprisingly, the dumplings are no exception. Served only on Saturdays and Sundays, the dim sum hits the spot for every palate.
Vegetarians can dig into fried mushroom and veggie dumplings, while adventurous eaters will want to savor every morsel of the steamed shrimp and pork shumai. On the pot sticker front, the classic pork and chive combo is on the menu too.
Try this: Spinach and cheese dumplings
Located inside Beacon’s Hudson Valley Food Hall, Momo Valley has something of a cult reputation for its handmade, Himalayan-spiced dumplings. Ingredients are local and come from spots like Autumns Harvest Farm in Romulus and Marbled Meat Shop in Cold Spring.
As for what’s inside, it could be anything from spinach and cheese to chicken or beef. Get them fried for a bit more bite or try the vegan matcha momo if you’re feeling adventurous.
The meal I drive 2 hours for is at a humble northeastern Chinese spot along a strip mall in the Hudson Valley. The dumplings, soups + veg are light and fresh, never greasy or heavy. As if made by kitchen angels, offering up morsels of edible clouds. 😇 🌬️ #pilgrimage #dumplings #wappingersfalls #howisummer
Try this: Egg dumplings with chive
This hole-in-the-wall spot on Route 9 might not look like much from the outside, but don’t let that stop you from claiming a parking spot at the strip mall. Inside, the eatery serves up every sort of dumpling imaginable, from pork with sour cabbage and beef with watercress to lamb with mushroom and shrimp with cucumber and egg.
All dumpling orders come steamed with 12 pieces, and you can pay $1 more to get them fried. While all the dumplings are delectable here, the simple egg dumplings with fresh chive hit the spot like nothing else.
Try this: Steamed pork soup dumpling
If you’ve never experienced the wonders of soup dumplings before, head to Taiwan Noodle to sample the Chinese dough pockets in all their brothy glory. Before you go, read up on proper soup dumpling dining technique, then grab your chopsticks and delicately dig into all the soft and savory dim sum you can handle.
P.S. The hot and sour dumplings are pretty excellent, too.
Try this: Pork dumplings with cured sausage and ginger
Known for its innovative world flavors, Twisted Soul in Poughkeepsie keeps the fusion fare going with its dumpling concepts. With six pieces per order, the steamed pockets come in addictive medleys like lamb with portobello mushrooms and chicken with lemongrass.
Eat them up with a side of jasmine rice and a drizzle of sweet and sour sauce.
Try this: Thai dumpling
Come to Poughkeepsie’s Thailicious for the pad Thai, then stay for the scrumptious Thai dumplings. Technically a starter, the dumplings are stuffed with a mixture of chicken, mushrooms, celery, scallion, water chestnuts, and bamboo slices. Enjoy them dipped in a sweet, dark soy sauce.
Try this: Steamed Thai dumplings
While dinner at Warwick Thai is an experience in itself — try the drunken noodles! — it’s made even better with an introductory order of steamed Thai dumplings. With five pieces per order, the dumplings hide juicy bursts of chicken and pork flavored with water chestnuts and pepper.
They’re the perfect way to whet your appetite before you dig into traditional Thai dishes.