The Alberta-15 pod started with four food carts, most of which serve Asian-inspired food. At Stumptown Dumplings ("Stumplings"), it's dumplings and Chinese bao, a steamed bun with various fillings (traditionally pork).
The dough for the steamed dumplings are conveniently color-coded, allowing the person to know which one is which before biting into it. There are three types: (1) chicken with chiles, garlic, green onion in an orange wrapper (thanks to carrot juice); (2) pork with ginger, garlic, cabbage, and green onion in a regular wheat wrapper; and (3) spinach with bean-thread noodles, egg, and baked tofu in a spinach juice-infused wheat wrapper.
Along with a roast pork bao, Nimesh and Justin have a curry veggie bao containing potatoes, celery, apples, onions, and carrots in a mild Japanese curry. Both buns use wheat flour.
They are generally sold in sets of six, nine, or twelve, and you may customize your order. I got two of each dumpling, plus a curry veggie bao, just for something different.
There are five sauces: Asian chipotle, creamy peanut, soy ponzu, spicy hoisin, and Thai mustard. I decided to try the Asian chipotle (a red sauce), and the Thai mustard (yellow in color).
|Dumplings and a curry veggie bao|
The spinach one was also prepared well, but just didn't have the flavor burst the other two had.
I enjoyed the curry veggie bao. Dough steamed nicely, with a delicious, balanced curry filling. I honestly would have liked more filling and less dough here. A cool presentation, having an open top to the bao so one can see what's inside.
Of the two sauces I tried, Asian chipotle was the clear winner. A mix of sweet and tang, and a controlled kick from the chipotle. I liked the Thai mustard, but it basically lost via TKO to the chipotle. Those dang peppers simply knock out other contenders, plain and simple.
|Vietnamese Iced Coffee, as presented to me|
|After a nice stir...lovely color!|
I see great things on the horizon for Nimesh and Justin. Great job, guys! 8/10