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Utah Diners Guide

Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar Review

Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar Review by Sam McRoberts

During the summer, at one of the festivals in Provo, I ran across a little booth for a new local restaurant called Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar. I absolutely love Asian food, but it can be a real challenge to find a place that has tasty, authentic food that isn’t loaded with MSG.

Stemming from my love of food is my love of cooking, and my favorite Asian dish to cook has always been pot stickers. Since dumplings (pot stickers, wontons) are the specialty at Rooster, that is what I decided to try. Let me just say, I was very pleased.

Rooster is located at 163 North University Ave in Provo, right across the street from Communal, and just south of Spark Restaurant Lounge, putting it in the vicinity of some stiff competition, albeit in different cuisine styles. Nevertheless, I think they can compete.

Their dumplings are steamed, and then given a quick pan fry for a nice golden finish. Since I am by no means a vegetarian, I tried two varieties of dumplings, both of which were deliciously meaty.

First up was the Traditional Pork and Chive dumplings served with a delicious dipping sauce, and an apple and red pepper salad with a nice vinaigrette dressing ($9, includes a dozen dumplings and the salad). The sauce was soy based, with a bit of sweet and some spice mixed in. Heavenly!

I also got an order of the Bulgolgi Beef dumplings, served with a thicker, sweeter dipping sauce, and a side salad of cucumbers and red peppers (also $9, includes a dozen dumplings and the salad). You can add an additional 1/2 dozen dumplings to any order for $4 more, which is a great deal.

Everything was delicious, even the cucumber salad (I normally hate cucumbers). The dumplings were perfectly cooked and wonderfully flavorful, though perhaps a tad on the greasy side. The price for the portion size was just right, and a dozen dumplings plus the salad was perfectly filling.

In addition to their dumplings, they also serve a variety of noodle dishes, from Chicken Curry Noodle Soup, grilled lemongrass chicken with pickled greens, chili oil and coconut curry broth ($12), to Zha Jiang Noodles, sweet and spicy pork over wonton noodles with a side of chicken broth ($12).

They also serve a variety of specialty drinks and desserts which looked incredibly tempting. Next time I go, and there will be a next time, I’m definitely giving the Pok Fu Lam Village French Toast a try.

If you love good Asian food, then Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar is the place for you.

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