After its growing popularity as a handy change purse, secret letter receptacle, and alternative hacky-sack, the dumpling has finally made its way into the culinary realm as a deliciously edible envelope. Observe with your taste buds the perfect harmony of this delectable food vessel with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of freshly made treats and drinks at Po’s Dumpling Bar.
Since removing their family dumpling recipes from within their recipe dumpling, Po and his wife have been thrilling the appetites of Chinese food lovers with their freshly made mouth-amusers. Open for lunch and dinner, Po’s menu begins with its famous open-ended emperor's dumplings and traditional dumplings stuffed with chicken, pork, shrimp, or veggies (both $5.99). Outside of dumplings, Po’s is also known for its Chinese boneless fried chicken ($9.95) and its spicy authentic Kung Pao chicken ($9.95). Choose from a variety of classic Chinese dishes, or dip your curiosity into Po’s tasty noodles and rice dishes. With most plates ranging from $8.95-$13.95, you can save room for the temptress that is the trio of sweet apple dumplings ($3.95). These lovable bites will remind you that the apple never falls far from the tree because it falls into your mouth, wrapped in bark made out of dumpling.
Food loves to hide in protective blankets. However, Po’s proves that no hamburger bun or taco shell is as charming, chewy, or wholly satisfying as the dumpling. Your old buns will seem strictly utilitarian after the joy of biting into a preciously doughy dumpling and not finding it full of dimes and rare pennies.
Po’s Dumpling Bar
At the age of eight, Po Hwang learned to craft noodles from scratch in his family’s noodle factory in Taiwan. When he and his wife opened his namesake eatery, Po’s Dumpling Bar, he shared his technical tips with his kitchen staffers, teaching them how to roll and cut dough so that the resulting strips are the perfect size for basket weaving. The crew continues to use the from-scratch products as the foundations for a number of dishes, including sesame-sauce noodles with ground pork as well as noodle soup with sour cabbage.
Meals kick off with starters such as the pork-filled emperor’s dumplings, which Food & Wine mentioned in their round-up of great Kansas City eateries. The chefs enhance flavors without ever using MSG, keeping dishes healthful and free of abbreviations. Hwang can often be found traversing the dining room, sharing stories about the traditional Chinese-American dishes on his menu, such as the general tso's chicken and the country-style tofu. House specialties include boneless poultry, such as fried chicken or marinated duck. The full bar brims with selections of beer, organic wine, and cocktails.