This is Perhaps the Last Time I'll Write about Katy's Dumpling House

Last Saturday night, I actually had a dish that I didn't like so much: the fried noodles

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By David Hammond

I've been going to Katy's Dumpling House more regularly than any restaurant in the past, oh, fifteen years.

I've loved just about everything I've had there.

Last Saturday night, I had a dish that I actually didn't like so much: the fried noodles.

The noodle strands were boringly uniform, kind of greasy, and just not very, um, interesting. These noodles were the first I've had at Katy's that didn't knock me out.

We also ordered a platter of shredded pancake (basically a bunch of noodles fried with vegetables and tofu), and this dish was much better, the chewy, irregular cut adding dimension to every bite.

So, out of the past six meals or so at Katy's, I had one that was not killer. I'm glad to add this data point to the mix lest my high regard for this place appear, shall we say, uncritical.

This is perhaps the last time I'll write about Katy's Dumpling House…or perhaps next-to-last.



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David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 11:53 AM

Katy's Dumpling House does, indeed, have dumplings. I like the chive-shrimp dumplings, but they have about several different fillings available. It is the case, I believe, that they have more types of noodle dishes than dumpling dishes.

looking for dumplings  

Posted: May 26th, 2013 10:54 AM

So does the "dumpling" house have dumplings or just noodles?

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 21st, 2013 1:37 PM

You do know I've been writing about Katy's for a while now, right? This is the third of three posts; thus the title...and I plan to write more. So it's not like I'm judging the place harshly based on one dish. Not at all.

Chinese foodie  

Posted: May 21st, 2013 1:16 PM

Without tasting this, these noodles look like the typical greasy American Chinese bland yet over soyed noodles that have the texture of rubber bands. I can't bring myself to judge any American Chinese eatery based on the quality of their fried noodles... They're rarely good, but it's the other dishes that are more judge worthy, like the dumplings, or soup noodles etc... I think it would be more critical to judge the Chinese food that isn't your typical American Chinese slop.

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