Duan - Tasty Dumpling
[I started cooking] when I was a little girl, I cook at home all the
time. I learned that from my mom. I think the dumplings and the pancake
[are my favorite]… And you know there’s all the Beijing
style, so like a Beijing Dim Sum — all we have here, most of it
is from Beijing and Tian Jing, that’s another city near Beijing.
that’s why we call this name Jing Jing Yo Wur. That means Beijing
and Tian Jiang dim sum. [My customers are from all over.] Everybody
like dumplings.… [You start by rolling the dough], then put something
inside. So all different kinds of flavor, you know, chicken, beef, shrimp.
[I don’t cook at home] right now, not really, before when I was
in China I cook everyday, that’s how I know how to make all this
kind of stuff.
Your sisters work here too?
Yes, this is my sister [working at the register]. And I have another
sister working at the other [restaurant].… I’m planning
to open, you know, more like this style…. but more different kinds
of Beijing food.… Beijing food is different from Cantonese, Shanghainese,
it’s completely different. But it’s not that famous here,
right now because most of the restaurants that’s Chinese are Cantonese
restaurants. … I’m planning to open one that’s traditional
Beijing food… that’s a very, very traditional Chinese Beijing
food. That’s before that kind of food they make only for the queen
and the king.
Was your idea always to open up a dumpling restaurant,
or you decided later?
I decided when my sisters came. Because they have been here for about
2 years so when they, I was thinking if they come here it’s very
difficult for them to find a job because they don’t know English,
they don’t know Cantonese, so it’s very difficult. That’s
why I decide to open this small restaurant for them…. Everything
is handmade…. In the supermarket, I think some [dumplings] are
made by machine. But in the restaurants most of the dumplings is handmade,
but it’s not fresh, most of the restaurants that sell dumplings,
they sell frozen dumplings. Also the dough is harder. [Ours is] fresh
and special … most restaurants sell…[Cantonese dumplings]…
it’s a different taste, a different way to make it, so it tastes
you go to school here?
Only for language school… I work in the department store before.
I learn a lot from the job. In the beginning it was very difficult,
I was a cashier at the beginning and then I become a Manager and a Buyer…
In China, I study in college. I study accounting… it helped me
a lot, so I can do all the paperwork by myself.
Who comes in? People from work, students?
Yeah, work, from offices. And also after school, 4:00, all the students
come.… [but] not really [families]. Because the space is small,
you know, they can’t come all together. Most of the people that’s
at lunchtime is from the neighborhood. But nighttime is from midtown
and SoHo. They come here for food, after food, they go to bars because
there’s a lot of bars in the neighborhood.