36. Leek Dumplings at Tropical Chinese

Categories: Favorite Dishes
As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com. After the jump, find our other choices.

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Lesley Elliott
36. Leek Dumplings at Tropical Chinese

The leek dumplings at Tropical Chinese are unlike anything I've had in Chinatown (NYC or San Fran combined). They look just like any other dim sum upon first glance. Exception: they are supernaturally green, but don't let that deter you. After a quick blanching, the leeks are chopped up and combined with trace amounts of bread crumbs. This mixture then finds a home in the hands of professional dumpling makers, who provide just the right amount of pinch at the top. Not too thin or too chewy, the wrappers are made from scratch and taste just as good as the filling. Served with a side of hot chili oil and vinegar based sauce, these fried delights have a crispy skin on the bottom; a surprisingly inventive version of a classic take on the Chinese dumpling.

100 Favorite Dishes:

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38. Baked Brie en Croute at Perricone's Marketplace & Cafe
39. Local Farmer's Delight at 1500 Degrees
40. Baked Alaska at Michy's
41. Lifefood Gourmet's Raw and Vegan Vegetable Pizza
42. Pulled Pork Sandwich at Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
43. Fettuccini & Garden Mushrooms at Peacock Garden Cafe
44. Spinach Gnocchi at Cavatelli Italian Trattoria
45. Chicken and Rice Soup at Lemoni
46. Lasagna di Pesce at Mai Tardi
47. Banh Cuon at Hy Vong
48. SoBe Vegetarian Pizza at Spartico
49. Samosas at Thali Indian & Thai Cuisine
50. Carnitas Taco at Orale Taqueria Mexicana
51. Meatball at Prime Italian
52. Portobello Burger at Latin Burger
53. Ravioli di Aragosta at Caffe da Vinci
54. Grouper Ceviche at Blue Door Fish
55.Fancy Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burger at Oneburger
56. Joey Pizza at Joey's
57. Adult Grilled Cheese at Angelina's Coffee & Yogurt
58. Country Beef Stew at Jimmy'z Kitchen
59. Steak Chow Fun at Gigi
60. Raspberry Tart at Le Royal
61. Duck Confit at DB Bistro Moderne
62. Seared Scallops at Bistro One LR at Ritz-Carlton South Beach
63. 50 Mile Salad at Sustain
64. Huevos Rancheros at Sra. Martinez
65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms
66. Vegetable Red Curry at Yuga
67. Cinnamon Bun at Solo
68. Herb-Crusted Salmon at Lulu
69. McBelly at Pubbelly
70. Queso de Cabra al Horno (Baked Goat Cheese with Tomatoes) at Tapas y Tintos
71. Tapas at Xixón
72. Mac 'n' Cheese Pancake at CheeseMe Mobile
73. Yum Yum and Earth Day Tacos at Nacho Bizness
74. Vegetarian-Smoked Duck at Shing Wang Chinese
75. Steamed Local Snapper In-A-Bag at The Forge
76. Gouda Tater Tots at Meat Market
77. Raspberry Flatcakes at Morgans
78. Barbecue Shrimp at Emeril's Miami Beach
79. Croquetas at El Floridita
80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe
81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak
82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal
83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate
84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe
85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box
86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen
87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma
89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano
90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower
91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba
92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar
93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries
94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart
98. Pizza Genovese at Spris
99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli
100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill

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Location Info

Tropical Chinese Restaurant

7991 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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anon_e_m00se
anon_e_m00se

I love these. The shrimp & leek are really good, too. I've had to specifically request both of these since they aren't always on the cart. The bonus is that you get a fresh batch... and they're so much better piping hot. 

SteveBM
SteveBM

These dumplings are my favorite piece of dim sum EVER. The flavor is awesome but the best part is the crisp seared bottom of the dumpling. Can't say that I've gotten technicolor poop from them but I suppose that too would be awesome since you'd be pooping like the Incredible Hulk.

chris
chris

Yay! Treopical leek dumplings! Technicolor poop later in the day!

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