If you walk down Taraval Street in San Francisco’s Parkside neighborhood, the fact that it is dumpling heaven is not apparent at first glance. Beginning on 19th Avenue, you’ll pass restaurants like Mr. Szechuan, House of Pancakes and Sushi Zen, reflecting the neighborhood’s many Asian American residents. The street is also home to San Francisco’s only Guilin noodle restaurant.
But as you proceed further west, toward Ocean Beach, you’ll start to notice quite a few dumpling restaurants on Taraval. There’s Dumpling Specialist between 21st and 22nd avenues, and Dumpling Kitchen closer to 30th. There’s also the epicenter of dumpling houses in the neighborhood: Kingdom of Dumpling near 27th, which has a storefront offering frozen dumplings, between 30th and 31st avenues, where you can watch dumpling makers carefully folding wraps and fillings through the windows.