Was in the neighborhood, so decided to try ROC Kitchen, which just opened in a mini-mall on 3rd Street, near La Cienega. Apparently there is also one on Sawtelle.
Somehow the soup dumpling craze had eluded me – these were my very first soup dumplings ever. So I have absolutely no point of reference. I can say that I found the fish dumplings tasty and I was quite fascinated by the concept of poking your dumpling and slurping out the soup and then eating the dumpling.
I was by myself, however, and I don’t advise soup dumplings for solo diners. You get 8 dumplings and it is just too monotonous to have an entire meal of soup dumplings. 2 or 3 dumplings and then on to the main course would have been preferable. So I think you need a dining companion.
I was in the mood for dessert afterwards and they only have two desserts – dessert dumplings and steamed buns. I just couldn’t abide the thought of any more dumplings, so I ordered the red bean bun. Also a new experience for me and again I have nothing to compare it to. It kind of tasted like someone took squishy white Wonder bread, smeared some red bean paste on it and then steamed it.