MC Dumpling, 106 Hopkins Street, Footscray. Phone: 9191 6511
Putting aside my gentle ribbing about the “Scottish ancestry” of Hopkins Street’s new dumpling purveyor, it turns out there is method in their method.
MC Dumpling, you see, stands for My Chinese Dumpling.
But more than that, this place does embrace a fast-food look and process.
And that, as in this case, can be good.
What it means here is bright, clean surrounds; brisk service with a smile; and freshly prepared and very affordable food (see menu below).
But it is the dumplings that are definitely the go here.
These steamed pork and chive numbers, for instance, are fabulous at $9 for 16.
Fresh-as, not too big, kinda dainty, juicy/succulent – even if there was little by of discernible chive vibe.
Ditto with these lamb and leek dumplings – same number, same price, same good impression.
We fare slightly less impressively with the sides.
These chicken ribs normally cost $3, but are being presented to customers free with any order as an opening celebration.
We don’t know how long that’ll be the case!
They’re well fried and ungreasy – but tasteless.
Or rather, taste not of chicken.
Actually, ALL the sides cost $3 – including these corn fritters.
They’re a variation on the more familiar spring onion pancake and are OK.
For the price, these tender slabs of deep-fried bean curd are very nice.
There’s more to explore by way of sides here.
And the dumplings – and the place – appeal as happy additions to Footscray central.