The Dumpling Lady gained a cult-like following with their food truck before opening a permanent location in Optimist Hall. Authentic Szechuan street food served at a low cost sent droves of fans hunting for their sweet belly pork dumplings and dan dan noodles. The Dumpling Lady is lauded for its innovative take on traditional dishes. For instance, instead of crisping pork for dumplings, thinly sliced cucumber are layered to add extra crunch. It's this kind of attention to detail that has won The Dumpling Lady the title of Best Chinese Food, Best Food Truck, and Best Dumplings in Charlotte.
The menu at The Dumpling Lady has expanded with the new brick-and-mortar location in Optimist Hall. Visitors to the restaurant can now enjoy dim sum offerings like baozi and soup dumplings and a few new ramen and dumpling dishes. While the food truck's menu is more limited, there's no shortage of good options including favorites like the pork and chive dumplings and spicy beef noodles. Chinese chilis pack a punch, so beware the heat index for each dish and consider getting chili oil on the side if sensitive to spice. Vegan and vegetarian options are available at both locations.
The Dumpling Lady is committed to using sustainably sourced ingredients. Sauces are made fresh with peppers and spices from Szechuan, China. Fresh vegetables are sourced from local farmer's markets, and everything is made from scratch daily.