If you walk down Taraval Street in San Francisco’s Parkside neighborhood, it isn’t obvious that this is dumpling heaven at first glance. Starting on 19th Avenue, you’ll pass restaurants like M. 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 go west towards Ocean Beach, you’ll start to notice a few dumpling restaurants on Taraval. There is 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 the 27th, which has a storefront offering frozen dumplings, between 30th and 31st Avenues, where you can watch the dumpling makers carefully fold the wrappers. and the trims through the windows.