I first heard about Katy’s Dumpling House from foodie friend, H. They had recommended it as a solid place for freshly made hand pulled noodles and overall Chinese food. So finally, BE, Diner B and I walked over to their second restaurant location and took a look.
Another place with Steve Dolinsky’s photo on the front of the restaurant! His face is everywhere! Or rather, we share excellent taste buds. Great minds think alike! When you initially look for this restaurant, they don’t have an obvious sign so you’ll have to look at the windows for their signs.
When you step into the restaurant, it is a typically styled Chinese restaurant with white plastic table covers and black seats. If you can read Chinese, there are additional dinner menu items to order off of too.
There are also decorative touches such as red lanterns and Chinese paintings on the walls. A place to accommodate maximum capacity.
After ordering, we were given some thinly sliced pickled daikon(?) and pickled celery with blanched peanuts. Both were very good and made excellent meal accompaniments. Blanched/boiled peanuts may seem weird, but they’re popular snacks and have a savory tang after they’ve been boiled. You may see them in Asian grocery stores already boiled since they’re so popular.
Our appetizer of Boiled Dumplings came first. Comes in a group of ten and with a great dipping sauce. The exterior was chewy and the porky filling was tasty. A good dumpling doesn’t need sauce and this didn’t need any at all, though, the sauce was an excellent addition. The skin of the dumplings seemed house made so that earned Katy’s Dumpling House big points for me. BE gave it a thumbs up too.
Next came the Beef Tendon Noodle Soup that I had ordered. In general, spicy beef noodle soups (Niu Rou Mian) are popular in Chinese establishments and if they’re worth their salt, they’ll make an excellent beef broth. The noodles were firm and chewy, the broth was spicy and beefy, and the tendon itself was tender. The bowl is pretty big so if you order this, make sure you have some help in consuming it. Or, you could eat it all by yourself. 🙂 I can see this bowl being a key in fighting the flu.
Our order of Beef Stir Fried Noodles was an excellent entree choice. The hand pulled noodles worked well as a stir fried dish. The accompaniments of sliced onions, carrots and beef only worked to make it a solid meal. BE really enjoyed this dish and had many helpings.
Lastly, our order of Chicken in Wine, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil was a very rich dish. The flavors combined to make a great braised sauce and had a wonderful herb/lovely leafy green that Diner B and I couldn’t figure out. It was chewy, flavorful and went really well with plain white rice after it stewed with the chicken. The chicken was tender, but quite bony as it seems they’ve chopped up chicken legs and threw them into the pot.
Overall, we were all quite pleased with the meal. It was also pretty affordable if you consider the cost per person for this too. I hope more people consider dropping by Katy’s and getting some hand pulled noodles. 😀
Katy’s Dumpling House
790 Royal St. George Dr. #115-116
Naperville, IL 60563