Though my family and I usually pan-fry our homemade jiaozi, many familiar with these Chinese dumplings would know that there are also two other traditional methods of cooking them: boiling and steaming. With boiling, this can either be done in plain water or in a broth, and steaming is a popular method as they can be placed in steamers with other foods such as steamed buns at the same time, allowing for mass cooking. There are a few Chinese restaurants in the Toronto area where dumplings are a specialty or at least prominently featured in the menu, and Mother's Dumplings is one of them.
Located in the northern end of Chinatown along Spadina and recently relocated from a smaller location, this little restaurant is a family business which features jiaozi along with some other Northern Chinese dishes, including a few noodle dishes and some side dishes. The dumplings are made in-house; one can see a production line going in the open kitchen as scores are made at a time. It's amazing that they can make those dumplings at such a pace. It's also wonderful that they make their dumplings juicy. Though I love my parents' homemade jiaozi, the only weakness I can say about them is that they are on the dry side. The flip side is that I know my parents' version is as lean as can be. That said, the jiaozi served at Mother's Dumplings seem less greasy compared to other restaurant versions I recall.
The prices are reasonable, and all the dumplings are made in-house and served hot. Jiaozi can make for some delicious and relatively healthy comfort food, and if one doesn't know how to make those dumplings, at least there's one place where they can be made for your enjoyment. Apparently, Mother's Dumplings even sells its dumplings raw and frozen in case people want to enjoy them from the comfort of their own homes.
Name: Mother's Dumplings
Address: 421 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
Price Range: N/A (depends on individual appetites/tastes)