16 Humphrey Street, Englewood NJ
Englewood has been undergoing something of a transformation lately, with a lot of new businesses sprouting up among the new condominiums as well as a result of renewal as a result of the demolition of older buildings off the main drag on Palisades Avenue. One such new business that caught my eye recently is Best Dumplings, a commercial Korean Mandoo manufacturer (Which used to be based out of the industrial part of town and was previously known as Mandoo, Inc.) that now has a retail outlet.
For those not familiar with Mandoo, they are Korean dumplings, similar to Japanese Gyoza or Chinese Jiaozi, although in terms of wrapper thinness they are more like Gyoza. Like Gyoza, they can be deep fried, pan fried, or steamed. Most Japanese gyoza is limited to pork and scallion filling, but Korean Mandoo are quite varied, which include mixed vegetables with bean thread noodles, pork, beef, chicken and shrimp, and of course Kimchi. If you like Gyoza, chances are you’ll love Mandoo.
They’re not kidding when they say these are the Best Dumplings. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
Best Dumpling recently had its grand opening. Its a takeout-only business, so no seating. Grab your Mandoo and go!
In addition to dumpliings, Best Dumplings has a number of other menu items. Click photo to zoom.
Rear Menu. Click photo to zoom.
Here’s a picture of what the commerical operation in their former location on Sheffeild Avenue used to look like. The Humphrey Street location has a kitchen area in front with the retail store and a similar commercial production area in the rear.
Best Dumpling also makes Tteok (pronounced DUKK) which are oval-shaped rice cakes. These can be sauteed up in a wok just as you would use any other kind of rice noodle, with meat and vegetables.
You can also buy their dumplings in big frozen bags to take home and cook yourself.
An order of fried dumplings.
An example of steamed mandoo. This is a tasting sample of Kimchi Mandoo I got when I was in their former location a few years ago.
Another popular Korean item on the menu is Kimbap. These are similar to Maki Sushi rolls, except that they are stuffed with raw vegetables and cooked meat, such as Bulgogi.
Best Dumpling’s dipping sauces are avaliable for sale.
As are the BBQ sauces.