On “Game of Thrones,” Westeros consists of seven kingdoms, but The North and The Vale have nothing on San Francisco. That’s where you’ll find Kingdom of Dumpling, a Chinese restaurant from David Li in the Outer Sunset that’s become successful enough to open a wholesale outpost just down Taraval Street, one of the neighborhood’s main drags.
The King makes 18 different types of dumplings, including pork with green chives, beef with carrot, and chicken with Napa cabbage. They also craft 14 kinds of Northern and Shanghai “dim sum,” including Steamed Pork and Vegetable Buns.
Yes, the nearby San Gabriel Valley has loads of legit Chinese food, but I still can’t resist bags of frozen delights from the Kingdom. My parents drove down several 22-piece bags of dumplings and several packs of Steamed Pork and Vegetable Buns. A steam bath reinvigorated the fluffy dough and the juicy core of ground pork, Napa cabbage, scallions, and possibly Chinese celery. Dipping the buns in a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar added more vibrancy. Surely, these bao taste better at the source, but it was nice to receive such a special delivery.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.