Tiger from the outside

Address: Beimen Street, No. 61, Banqiao District (新北市板橋區北門街61號) (map)

Tel: (02) 2960-0053

MRT: Fu Zhong (Exit 1)

Hours: 11:00~14:00; 17:00~21:00 (Mon to Fri), 11:00~15:00; 17:00~21:00 (Sat to Sun)

Accepts: Cash

Service Fee: None

Price: $

A Good Deal and a Good Meal

For the longest time, at least as long as I remember, the location for Tiger Dumpling Northern Chinese Delicacy Restaurant was actually a hot fry place. But since its transformation, Tiger Dumpling Northern.. ok, let’s shorten it to Tiger Dumpling … has been a local favorite, offering classic Shanghai fare like steamed soup dumplings and beef noodle soup. However, is Tiger Dumpling just a convenient place to eat, or is it actually worth checking out if you don’t live four blocks away? Let’s find out, shall we?

The order window

The inside of Tiger Dumpling is very unassuming. You’re greeted with the counter on the left where you will order your food and pay in advance. It’s certainly not fancy, but it is friendly and efficient. After placing your order, you’re going to have to traverse these precarious steps to the seated dining area.

Watch your step!

These have to be the steepest steps I’ve ever seen in a restaurant, and seem to be in a state of constant disrepair. Just keep your hands on the rails and take your time. Once you’re upstairs, you’ll see part of what makes Tiger Dumpling very popular among families – all you can drink black or black date tea and millet congee, pictured below:

Free tea!

 

Free millet congee!

You’re also going to see a generous selection of sauces on the left to enjoy with your meal.

A selection of sauces

The dining area is exceedingly simple with low tables and wooden stools. This is not a place that’s meant for you to sit and relax for two hours. You’re supposed to get your food and get out – Tiger Dumpling is not focusing on ambiance.

Inside the Tiger

I was flying solo on this outing and didn’t order a lot, so I apologize in advance for the lack of variety in this particular review. However, I did make sure to cover my personal favorites. 🙂

I started my meal off with their Millet Congee (free). It’s got a different texture and taste compared to rice-based congee, but it was quite good all the same. You’re supposed to add a spoonful of sugar to it, but I like it plain.

Stocking up on free stuff

The first dish to arrive was the Onion Pancakes ($35). Tiger Dumpling does a great job with these, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a slight dusting of white pepper. There could be more onions on the inside, but it’s tasty nonetheless.

Onion Pancake

 

Onion Pancake close up

Finally came the Shrimp Soup Dumplings ($120). This one is normally done with pork, but the shrimp ones at Tiger Dumpling are better in my opinion.

Shrimp Steamed Dumplings

Chock full of whole shrimp and tasty soup, this is definitely something you should try. I’ve had the standard pork dumplings at Tiger, but I don’t think they are anything special.

Shrimp Steamed Dumpling closeup

If you’re a fan of beef noodle, the one at Tiger Dumpling ($120) is also very good, with chewy noodles and generous portions of beef. The broth is also very good on its own, but it’s not the spicy Taiwanese kind, in case you were wondering. I didn’t eat it on this outing, but also recommend it.

So did you like it or what?

Tiger Dumpling is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. It’s always great to have quality restaurants close to where you live. It’s not the kind of place to impress friends from out of town, or close that multi-million-dollar business deal, but what it is is a great place to eat. You’re not going to spend a lot of money, but you’re going to walk away full and content. I just wish it was open later. 3.5 Yums. – TY

3.5 Yums

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