Dumplings for Delivery

Photos from Cali Dumpling Delivery Instagram page.

I’ve been on a bit of a Chinese dumpling tear these past few months, so I was intrigued to learn about a service that delivers frozen restaurant-quality dumplings to your doorstep. Cali Dumpling Delivery was founded by Candace and Allan Tea, owners of the SoCal dim sum chain Capital Seafood. They started the company to raise money to help hospitality employees get back on their feet during the pandemic.

The menu features dumplings, wontons (both Hong Kong and Shanghai style) and XLB (xiao long bao, or soup dumplings). They come in a variety of flavors, including chicken, pork and chive, shrimp, pork and Napa cabbage, and fish. The dumplings arrive frozen in packages of 30, with prices from $17 to $19, plus a flat $10 delivery fee. Some are designed to be steamed, others pan fried. If you don’t have a bamboo steamer, don’t worry: You can order one for $20. (You can also order dumpling sauce.)

dumpling packaging

The company delivers to dozens of neighborhoods throughout California, including the greater Sacramento region. Local cities and neighborhoods that are serviced include Sacramento city neighborhoods as well as Davis, Folsom, Rocklin, Roseville, Elk Grove and Fair Oaks. Sacramento deliveries are made between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays. You have to get your order in by 5 p.m. Sunday.

To order, go to www.calidumplingdelivery.com