Watercress Dumplings from Hawkers (225 East 14th Street, 212-982-1688)
OK, so we’ve been a little obsessive at Year of the Takeout lately — we have been repeatedly drawn to fusion restaurants be they Chinese-Latin or simply pan-Asian.
And today we present Hawkers, which claims to be Southeast Asian — specifically Thai and Malaysian — but nevertheless serves up several Chinese specialties, including a full-on dim sum menu.
Indeed YotT was intrigued by the dumplings — we kinda have a thing for overstuffed morsels of meat-filled dough. (What kind of self-respecting human being wouldn’t? Come on!)
Anyway, the watercress variety comes four to a $5 order.
The apparent rice dough has a toothsome chewiness, and the filling feels virtually paste-like, a formed, plump portion of shellfish and bitter vegetable emboldened by garlic.
YotT generally enjoyed this dish, but must comment on the logistics of eating these things: It’s almost impossible to do so gracefully.
Maybe the steaming time wasn’t exactly right, but a bit too much space (or moisture?) between the interior and noodle exterior made the meat go slipping and sliding (and sometimes, flying!) with each bite.