From Mexico with love. It seems like it’s taken from a sic-fi tale, a fantastic novel or a feature film by Guillermo del Toro. It’s the story of a couple of lovers of Asian cuisine, Ana and Eduardo, Mexicans by breed and addicted to dumplings. This Oriental tradition of the fillings of a homemade mass made with care, that’s not only capable of captivating this tandem of Aztec lands, but of conquering hearts like ours.
So we summarize this transcontinental romance, called Dip Dumpling, home to the handmade Chinese empanadas without additives based on fresh quality products. A cozy space located in the charismatic district of Gracia, frequented by neighbours and friends where Ana offers day-to-day Oriental crafts.
Intrinsic philosophy in an explicit title that has been supported for more than a year at the doors of this small Asian temple in take-away format. Fruit of an afternoon among friends, a passion shared by the Chinese cuisine that led Ana to knead their own empanadas with dips Charros. Homemade dumplings to eat at home. A latent motto that is proudly held by a magical combination of flavours from here and there.
A striking window where they expose their works of art, a small refrigerator where they keep their most valuable dips and a cozy waiting room where you impatiently await your order. This is Dip Dumpling. We, blinded by its immeasurable taste, delicate textures and sauces, let ourselves be advised by Eduardo.
We started this gastronomic trip with two house soups. A meat broth, noodles, broccoli, spinach, carrots, tofu and shiitake mushrooms. And a Thai version made with prawns, coconut milk and red curry. A hot touch to a hot bite.
We continue with a variety of pork with ginger, Mediterranean-style veal, Thai and vegetarian prawns based on cabbage, shiitake and carrots. Four empanadas, four flavours, four sins.
This month it still has its January special, a delicious cochinita pibil dumpling. Mexico in one bite. To finish our lunch we ask for an Aztec-style ceviche based on marinated fish in Lima, mango, onion, cilantro and chips. An authentic journey through Latin-Asian lands that we couldn’t finish without another homemade apple pie dumpling with vanilla ice cream, and a vegan mochi of edamame and coconut milk.
So this is Dip Dumpling, the home of the Chinese empanadas seated in the heart of Gracia. Handmade, stuffed at home. Be careful, because they are addictive!
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 1:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 11:00pm | Sunday 7:00pm to 11:00pm | Closed Monday
Average price: 12€
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Kathrin Behrens