Lovers of dumplings in the eastern suburbs are well served by Angies Dumpling Bar, in two different locations.
Both are located in shopping centres, so you can easily combine a shopping expedition with a meal. One is in the Knox Ozone, on 509 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, and other is at The Glen, 235 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley.
Dumplings are the big drawcard and Angie's, whether the boiled version or the panfried, which is the preference for many people. This is the traditional Chinese fast food, with centuries of history behind it, and probably gave Italians the idea for ravioli.
They are basically thin pastry wrapped around a meat filling, usually pork, but can include chicken or prawns, with some vegetable component such as mushrooms, spring onions or chives.
You know they don't come out of a frozen packet, because you can watch the chefs making them on the spot. This is handy, because Angie's is usually very busy.
Apart from dumplings, Angie's makes steamed buns, which have a thicker pastry and larger filling. There is a huge range of Chinese and Malaysian dishes such as sweet and sours, black bean, and soups, and wraps of beef, chicken or duck in the Indian flat bread called Roti. One slightly unusual item is Char Keow Teow fried flat noodles with beef. It is rare to find this dish made with beef.
Angie's has outdoor seating, a vegetarian menu, and provides takeaways. There is no alcohol licence, and Angie's does not take bookings.
Both restaurants are open every day, Glen Waverley from 9am, and Knox from 11am. Closing times are 7pm at Glen Waverley, or 9pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 9.30 pm at Knox, but later on other days.
For details or takeaway orders, phone Glen Waverley on 8526 7788, or Knox on 9801 8291.