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World-Renowned Dumpling Restaurant Din Tai Fung to Open at Downtown Disney

Din Tai Fung, the world-renowned Taiwanese restaurant chain famous for its soup dumplings, is coming to Downtown Disney to feed the hungry masses in need of some top-tier xiao long bao.

The restaurant is widely revered for the expertly made xiao long bao soup dumplings that it serves up, drawing long lines and consistently busy dining rooms.

Disney made the announcement first on their blog, which also revealed a host of other dining options to be added to the Downtown Disney retail district, though no official opening dates were mentioned.

Speaking of Disney grub, have you tried its new Birria Toasted Cheese Sandwich?


Nashville Hot Chicken Dumplings Are Fiery Fusion We All Need

The Nashville Hot Chicken movement has been adding a juicy kick to the food scene outside of its origin city for the past five years now, with it peaking in some cities like Los Angeles already. However, Mimi Cheng’s, a dumpling shop in New York City, has found a new iteration that sounds too good to pass up with their new Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings.

Spotted by @mikejchau, proud papa of @foodbabyny fame, the dumplings look to be a fusion force to be reckoned with. The Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings are said to be inspired by a food tour of Nashville, with the restaurant describing it further as “fiery, juicy, and crunchy, coated in a buttermilk hot sauce batter and finished with a cayenne pepper butter glaze. The homemade buttermilk ranch dipping sauce cools things off a tiny bit. Spice level is a 10/10.”

If you’re down to turn the flame on for your next meal, the Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings are available only for the month of September at Mimi Cheng’s dumplings in New York City.

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Cut This Jumbo Shumai Open To Reveal More Mini Shumai Inside

What’s not to love about shumai? These tender, juicy dumplings filled with either shrimp, pork or veggies are a staple in all dim sum restaurants. At a local restaurant chain called Kiyoken in Yokohama, Japan, their dim sum are regarded as a must.

Kiyoken’s celebrated pork shumai are so popular that they even have a giant shumai “cake” available that houses even more smaller shumai inside. Cut it open and reveal the tasty surprise of 22 more bite-sized shumai. It’s like a dumpling version of Russian matryoshka dolls!

This Jumbo Shumai can be ordered here for delivery or pickup and costs 3,500 yen.

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Pho Soup Dumplings Are A Mashup That Makes So Much Sense

Soup dumplings are upper echelon levels of creativity if you think about it. The concept of a dumpling filled with savory, comforting broth and enticing proteins like shrimp, crab or pork is big brained activity if you ask me.

But when 18 Folds in Anaheim, California debuted these pho soup dumplings, I nearly slapped my own forehead with astonishment. It just. Makes. Sense.

The warm solace of pho is a bowl that’s always invited to any of our cravings. To have that in bite-sized dumpling form is the fusion that’s simply mathematical in any sense — it all adds up every which way you look at it.

Served with a side of hoisin sauce and sriracha and what you have is clarity in one bite.

Cravings Restaurants

This Pizzeria Slices Up Pizzas Topped With Entire Kimchi Dumplings

We’re still stuffed from last month’s NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles event, but that doesn’t mean we can’t anticipate our next cheat day.

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, who created kimchi pizza dumplings exclusively for the Noods festival, has decided to take the next logical step and cement the dumplings on a pizza, for a new permanent menu item.

In a collaboration with Oak and Coal, the two restaurants have created a Kimchi Dumpling Pizza that is topped with chicken, pork belly, kale ramen noodles, and whole dumplings. The dumplings themselves are also stuffed with a mix of chicken and pork belly, along with garlic, ginger, and chives. Everything is then covered in a spicy gochujang sauce.

The new kimchi dumpling pizza is exactly what it sounds like and we wouldn’t wanna anything less than that.

Foodbeast family member Annie Le had this to say:

I wasn’t sure what a kimchi dumpling pizza would taste like, but it was the perfect amount of cheesy, spicy, and crunchy!

You can order this massive pie at Sgt. Pepperoni’s — located in Newport Beach, CA. Be sure to bring a friend or two. We sure did.

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5 Instagram-Worthy Foods In Westside Costa Mesa

Tucked just above the beautiful shores of Newport and Huntington Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest and most historic cities — Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa also happens to be the local Chomping Ground of our friend and popular Instagram foodie, @Dradevsfood.

Join us as we take a ride with Drade to see how he spends his time cruising through local eats within Costa Mesa’s vibrant and ever-expanding food scene.

First stop, Wild Goose Tavern, which is known for a robust list of signature cocktails, gourmet burgers and a super laid back vibe. Drade highly recommends the caprese burger, a juicy burger stacked with a thick slice of fried mozzarella, cilantro chimichurri, and garlic aioli.     

Don’t forget a Wild Goose Sour to go along with your burger, though. This fresh take on the classic whiskey sour – made with Basil Hayden’s, angostura bitters, egg white, and lemon – is not to be missed.

Donuts, anyone? If you’re in Costa Mesa, Sidecar Doughnuts is a must-see for any level of donut lover. Sidecar has been supplying the Orange County scene with delicious, colorful and seasonal donuts for years.

If there’s a must-have at Sidecar, it has to be the Eggs Benedict Donut — made with a poached egg, Benton’s ham, and infused with a homemade basil hollandaise.   

Now it’s time for a steak dinner at Boathouse Collective. One of the most popular plates is the off-the-menu – but always available – 20 oz. ribeye served with yakimo, a.k.a. Japanese sweet potato, and miso butter.

This perfectly cooked, juicy steak is packed with flavor, and the miso butter provides the perfect depth to the dish.

One of the greatest things about Costa Mesa’s proximity to the ocean is the access to super fresh, super delicious seafood at all times. If you’re in the mood, there’s no better spot to check out than Catalina Fish Kitchen.

While there’s plenty to choose from, do yourself a favor and go with the LSB Burrito stuffed with Lobster, Shrimp and Bacon. This surf and turf burrito is smothered in a homemade gumbo sauce (per request) and is a surefire way to make all your Instagram followers jealous.  

For some lighter fare, Oak & Coal is your go-to spot for some Kimchi Dumplings. These perfectly handcrafted dumplings are stuffed with chicken and pork and will become an instant favorite.

Thanks for showing us around, Drade! Make sure to visit to learn more about the foodie scene in Costa Mesa.

And don’t forget to tag all your pics with #eatcation!

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We’re Down For The Fire That Are Spicy Bulgogi Dumplings

Every time we see dumplings offered on a menu, we have to order it. Dumplings, for us, is that one dish that everyone can share, bringing a table together and setting the tone for a great dining experience. If you’re a fan of savory, pan-seared dumplings, you’re going to want to check this out.

The Mad Dumplings truck created these exclusive pan-fried bulgogi beef dumplings for this year’s FOODBEAST’s AYCE Asian food Festival NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Santa Ana, CA.

The dumplings are served over a bed of spicy sesame gochujang noodles and are garnished with scallions, kimchi, and topped with sesame seeds.

Noodle lovers and fans of Asian fusion food should definitely check out this year’s NOODS Festival. You can purchase your tickets here. Ticket types include Marketplace (buy as you go), or VIP (all you can consume for three hours).

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Ever Had A Cheesy Dumpling? This Food Truck Is Making It Reality

The Mad Dumplings Food Truck has attracted large crowds thanks in part to a robust menu of Asian-inspired dishes like Longanisa Dumpling with pork belly – a sweet, succulent longanisa sausage dumpling, topped with a sliver of grilled, marinated pork belly and a fresh strip of jalapeño.

Mad Dumplings has been gearing up for two major upcoming October food festivals, equipped with a Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Cheesy Dumpling that will give you serious FOMO if you happen to miss it.  

Starting with pan-fried cilantro and jalapeño, these four-cheese shrimp and pork dumplings are cooked and then topped with shredded melted Monterey Jack cheese – in case there wasn’t enough cheese on here.

On October 7 you’ll find Mad Dumplings serving up their exclusive Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Four Cheesy Dumpling at the Fresh Coat Mural Festival in DTLA’s Arts District, presented by Hansen’s Natural Sodas.

However, if that’s out of your way, there’s still one more chance to lock down this cheesy combination at Oozefest III – Foodbeast’s 3rd Annual Cheesy Food Festival, on Oct. 14 at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.  

Get these cheesy dumplings while you can!

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