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If you haven't been to Jeng Chi since April of this year, then you haven't been to Jeng Chi. The Chinese restaurant known for its Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings, moved a few doors south in the same shopping plaza a few months ago. Richardson's "China Town" has always been a dining destination for those looking for Sichuan dishes, dim sum and other Asian delicacies, but Jeng Chi has only added to the appeal with their new open kitchen and expanded dumpling menu.
Now, when you wonder aloud about the dumpling's origins you only need to look toward the back of the dining room. A glass partition keeps the curious and hungry from drooling on the cutting boards as workers crimp dumpling after dumpling into perfect parcels filled with meat, fish and other fillings.
It's the soup, or "juicy," dumplings that will keep you coming back to Richardson. They explode in your mouth with warm broth and a tiny meatball. There are vegetable dumplings filled with mung bean noodles, cabbage and tofu, pork dumplings, fish dumplings and chicken dumplings, too. There are lobster dumplings, which will set you back $12, but most run just $6 making Jeng Chi a decent way to dine on a budget. Actually, it's a great place to dine, period.
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