MORE ABOUT QING XIANG YUAN DUMPLINGS

 

1. What are your business hours?

Our business hours are
Mon    11:30AM – 9:00PM
Tue      11:30AM – 9:00PM
Wed    11:30AM – 9:00PM
Thu      11:30AM – 9:00PM
Fri         11:30AM – 10:00PM
Sat       11:30AM – 10:00PM
Sun      11:30AM – 9:00PM
Our business hours for federal holidays are usually 11:30AM – 10PM. In case we vary the business hours, please check our official Instagram page for updates: @qxydumplings.

 

2. Do you take reservations?

Yes, we do.
Visit our website http://qxydumplings.com/booktables/ to make reservations. We DO NOT take reservations for the same day or over the phone.
Please be noted that only 2 tables are open for reservations for every 90 minutes.
“All tables are booked” does not necessarily mean our restaurant is currently busy. There still might be tables available for walk-ins. We highly recommend you to check SEATUS in order to be aware of the restaurant status.

 

3. How can we save time from waiting at your restaurant?

Use our online waiting app SEATUS. Click https://seatus.com/qxy to line up while you are at home, at work or at shopping. Free yourself from waiting in physical line.

 

4. Are you BYOB?

Yes!

 

5. What is the meaning of Qing Xiang Yuan (青香苑)?

In Chinese terms, Qing (青) stands for “green” which represents the organic and healthy food. Xiang (香) stands for “good smell” which represents the delicious food. Yuan (苑) describes a quaint and graceful place. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings aims to creating a great dining place with excellent and healthy food.

 

6. How can I order for takeout?

It is really easy. Please visit our website http://store.qxydumplings.com/ to order online for takeout.

 

7. How to cook your dumplings at our home?

For STEAMED dumplings: First set a steamer on the top of a saucepan, and fill water underneath it. Place dumplings and cover the lid. Set on high heat for 5 minutes.
For BOILED dumplings: First add 3-4 tablespoons of water in a skillet until boiling. Place dumplings and medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
For FRIED dumplings: First add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in a skillet until shimmering. Place dumplings and cover the lid. Medium heat for 90 seconds for each side. Let them cool down for 20-30 seconds. When fried, dumplings are also called pot stickers.
For ALL KINDS of dumplings, Use microwave! Place them in our microwave-safe take-out tray and sprinkle a few drops of water on the top of each dumpling. Loosely cover the lid and microwave for 80 seconds on medium heat.

 

8. Is your dumpling vegan?

All the vegetable dumplings on our menu is vegan.

 

9. Do you deliver?

No. We do not deliver due to food quality control.

 

10. Is your dumpling fresh?

All the ingredients we use are organic and fresh. Both dumpling fillings and wraps are freshly prepared at 6AM every morning. All dumplings are freshly made once you place your order.

 

11. How do you make dumplings?

Usually, there are 5 main steps: mixing flour, preparing filling, rolling wraps, stuffing & folding, and cooking. It is harder than it sounds.
Mixing flour needs perfect ration of powder and water, proper temperature, and precise preparing time. Fillings requires best ingredients and special recipe to ensure the original flavor. Folding and cooking involve the most professional and proficient skills plus extreme patience. Luckily, all the chefs from Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings are the masters of making dumplings.

 

12. Do you sell uncooked dumplings?

Yes, for every kind of dumpling, we do sell uncooked version. Please visit our website http://store.qxydumplings.com/ to order and schedule a pickup time, 1 day prior recommended.

 

13. Do you sell frozen dumplings?

We only offer 3 types of frozen dumplings: Pork & Cabbage; Pork & Pickled Chinese Cabbage; Shrimp, Pork & Leek. Please visit our website http://store.qxydumplings.com/ to order and schedule a pickup time, 1 day prior recommended.

 

14. How to participle your free dumpling classes?

Starting from 12.9.2018, you can register the free dumpling classes on our website. The class is completely free including the learning and tasting. Please be noted that the minimum age of a participant is at least 16 years old.

 

15. Does your restaurant rent out for private event?

Yes. Please contact us by Email (qingxiangyuan1209@gmail.com).

 

16. Do you host any special event or party during holiday?

Yes, of course! Keep an eye on our Instagram page (@qxydumplings) for updates.

 

17. Can I apply for a job at your restaurant?

Yes. Please send your resume to qingxiangyuan1209@gmail.com

 

MORE ABOUT DUMPLINGS

 

1. What is dumpling?

Dumplings, normally called Jiaozi in China, has been referred to as a classic staple of Chinese cuisine with a long history, which extends back thousands of years.
These sort of half-moon shaped goodies are stuffed with a variety of fillings, such as pork, beef, lamb, egg and vegetables, offering endless ways to fill up.
By using different cooking methods including pan-fried, boiled and steamed, dumplings contain the most unique and distinctive taste.

 

2. How do I eat dumplings?

First, mix vinegar and soy sauce at a ratio of 3:1 into a dish. Chili oil is also a great addition if you like.
Second, pick up dumplings with chopsticks gently and place in the sauce dish.
Then, dip and bite! Or place the dumpling in the spoon, bite the top or side to release soup and savor the yummy flavor slowly.
One useful tip: dumplings are hot, so please be careful!

 

3. What is the history of dumplings?

According to legend, Chinese stuffed dumplings were invented during the Han Dynasty by a man named Zhang Zhongjian. The event occurred when Zhang returned to his ancestral village during the winter, after a long absence.
He noticed that many of his fellow citizens were suffering from frostbite, particularly around their ears. As a way to solve this problem, Zhang cooked up a batch of mutton, chili and healing herbs and wrapped them in scraps of dough. He folded the dumplings to look like little ears, boiled them and handed them out to his afflicted neighbors. Who knows if they cured frostbite, but the villagers loved the taste of Zhang’s creation so much that they kept making the dumplings long after spring began.

 

4. What is the difference between dumpling and bao (xiaolongbao)?

Bao (or Xiao Long Bao) and dumpling (called Jiao Zi) are completely two different things. The flour dough of bao is much thicker than the one of dumpling. On the other hand, dumpling can be boiled, steamed or pan-fried, while bao is usually steamed.

 

5. What is the difference between dumpling and dim sum?

Dim sum is a style of meal that originates in southern China and is Cantonese cuisine. It consists of many dishes such as steamed buns, dumpling, tarts and more. What makes it special is that all the dishes are typically steamed in stack able wooden bamboo baskets. While dumpling is just one kind of dish and can be boiled, pan-fried or steamed.

 

6. Why do Chinese people like dumplings?

Firstly, it is a great bonding time for family and friends. Making dumpling is a team work, so there is nothing better to enhance family connection than making dumplings while chatting and laughing together with all the family members.
Secondly, dumplings are always served as a “group”, which representing abundance and prosperity.
Thirdly, the shape of dumpling is like a Chinese ancient gold or silver ingot. People made them in such shapes to show their wish to gain wealth.

 

7. Are there dumpling customs in China?

There are tons of customs in china, but the most common saying is “If you don’t eat dumplings on the winter solstice, no one will take care of you when your ears get frozen.” That shows one of the special customs related to dumplings: you have to eat dumplings on the coldest day to get bliss. Closely related with major Chinese festivals and solar terms, dumplings are actually the miniature of the whole Chinese culture.

 

8. What is the best time to eat dumplings?

Every day could be the best time to eat dumplings. Traditionally, Chinese people eat dumplings on sorrow and happy occasions, cold and hot seasons, and most of the holidays!

 

9. What kind of dipping sauce should I choose?

Dumplings are usually eaten with a dipping sauce that may include: vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, chili sauce, and sesame oil. Mix them up! Do it yourself!

 

10. Is there any dumplings symbolism?

Traditionally, Chinese people divided each day into 12 hours, and each hour was called a zishi. The word for dumplings, jiaozi (饺子), is a homonym of jiaozi (交子), or the changing of zishi. Thus, dumplings symbolically represented the changing of the hour, making them an appropriate course for the last meal of the year.

 

11. How did Emperor eat dumplings?

There are strict royal etiquettes of eating dumplings in Qing dynasty. Emperor only ate six vegetable dumplings and two meat dumplings with coins hidden inside. The meal usually comes with pickles, ginger juice, one selected appetizer and vinegar sauce. Well, nobody will ever know whether the emperor got full LOL.