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Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings, East Village

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, East Village

Located in East Village, Mimi Cheng Dumplings is a family-owned casual eatery that specializes in dumplings. They serve other Chinese dishes too, like dan dan noodles and vegetable sides. The clean, airy ambiance at Mimi’s is quite a leap from your typical Chinatown dumpling house. If you want traditional by the book dumplings, Mimi’s probably isn’t for you. If you’re down for “modernized” dumplings, head on over to Mimi’s! (Photo credit: Mimi Cheng Dumplings)

I recently stopped by Mimi’s for a late lunch with Ron of OMG It’s Bomb. The truth is I only wanted to visit this place because the March dumpling special is vegan dumplings by Chef Chloe. If it wasn’t for this partnership with Chloe, Mimi’s might have never been on my radar. #justbeinghonest

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, East Village

You can choose between pan-fried or boiled dumplings… why would anyone choose boiled when pan-fried is oh so yummy? Six dumplings for $8, eight dumplings for $10.

There’s also the option to do a half and half order of the chicken and pork dumplings if you can’t decide between those two. They wrap the pork dumplings into a triangle so you can tell them apart. Ron did the half and half plate, and he thought the chicken and pork dumplings were good, but over hyped.

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, East Village

The Guac Burger Dumplings from By Chloe did not disappoint. At $9.50 for six dumplings, they were steeper in price, but I’m always happy to support vegan goodness. They’re just like Chloe’s Guac Burger: black bean, quinoa, sweet potato filling with corn salsa, topped with guacamole, tortilla strips, beet ketchup, and chipotle aioli. Very filling, and I love that these dumplings are fancied up with toppings. My only complaint is that the wrappers were much thicker than the wrappers of the other dumplings.

Vegan Guac Dumplings. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

I also tried Mimi’s Mighty Veggie dumplings, which are just vegetarian, not vegan. They look like your classic veggie dumpling, but instead being cabbage heavy, they’re packed with kale, zucchini, free range egg, shiitake mushrooms, and carrots. You can even see green filling through the wrappers. Such a nice fry on these dumplings, and the wrappers were light, but not flimsy. It’s a shame they have egg in them as it doesn’t really add to it. C’mon Mimi’s… you guys need to make your own vegan dumpling, and I promise I’ll be back.

The Mighty Veggie Dumplings. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    elle
    March 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Guac burger dumplings? Seriously? That’s insanely creative. I wish we had a place like this nearby!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      March 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      I know, right?! The guac burger dumplings are a spinoff of a vegan burger from another restaurant. It also just happens to be one of my favorite burgers in NYC. ;)

      • Reply
        elle
        March 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        I should try making these! I love experimenting with dumplings. I tried making samosa dumplings filled with curried potatoes and green peas, with a spicy ketchup dip on the side. Those were pretty great too :D

        • Reply
          wazwu
          March 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

          Oooh, those samosa dumplings sound real tasty. I’d love to see what you come up with next! :D

    • Reply
      sara
      June 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      this place is god awful…I had a horrible meal and the owners are soooooo rude! I will never go back. the place was dirty and gross.

      • Reply
        wazwu
        June 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

        Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience there!

  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    March 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I’m not a big fan of most traditional dumplings (except for the XLB ones), but guac dumplings sounds delicious. Mimi’s looks like a really cute place too:)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      March 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Dumplings can be hit or miss, and I really wish someone would make some vegetarian/vegan XLB!

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    March 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

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    • Reply
      wazwu
      March 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll head on over to take a peek at your blog. Happy blogging! :)

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