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Mushroom Dumplings

Mushroom Dumplings at Mecha

Mushroom Dumplings at Mecha

I love the ramen at Mecha Noodle Bar so much that it’s not easy to get me to order anything else. But Tony Pham, the owner,¬†recently prevailed upon me to try the mushroom dumplings.¬† They were an awesome example of fusion food. The pan-seared half-moons were filled with mushroom duxelles, a creamy paste of chopped mushrooms, shallots and herbs. At the bottom of the bowl was a buttery miso sauce that had us scraping the bowl to get every last drop. Julienned scallions and carrots and a few arugula leaves were a fresh, bright contrast to the rich dumplings and sauce. A group of ladies at the next table had ordered it too.¬† “This is so good!” I heard them say.