On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the South Bay Yelp Elite Squad kicked off Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an event at Dumpling Time’s brand new Santana Row location. The evening started with drinks including beer, bubbles, wine and Dumpling Time’s signature cocktail, the Five-O, their old-school version. This specialty drink, made with Maker’s Mark and bitters, featured the unique twist and addition of Chinese Five Spice Turbinado.
Had the Five O’s cocktail that was an Asian twist on an old fashioned classic with a hint of five spice – a little goes a long way when it comes to star anise cloves and fennel seeds, but they got it right.
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As the drinks flowed, the Elites participated in an icebreaker and began the hunt to find the Yelper whose profile badge they had on their lanyard. While some had it easier than others, everyone enjoyed the game and the opportunity to make new Elite Squad friends in the process.
When the buffet rolled around, the Elite Squad were treated to a variety of small bites and dim sum, including shrimp toast, crispy spring rolls, pork baos, and shrimp and pork siu mai, to name a few.
To conclude the event, the Dumpling Time team came to speak with the elite team. They shared the story of how Kash Feng created Dumpling Time to recreate delicious dim sum using his mother’s recipes.
About Dumpling Time – “Dumpling Time turns five this year! In 2017, Kash Feng, our owner and CEO of Omakase Restaurant Group, opened our first Dumpling Time in San Francisco’s Design District. His goal was to create delicious dim sum using her mother’s recipes in a fun and casual atmosphere.Since then we’ve opened four in total, two more in San Francisco and one on Santana Row in San Jose.
CEO and co-founder Kash Feng was born and raised in Xi’an, China, moving to San Francisco on his own when he was 18. His restaurant career began as a dishwasher, speaking little to no English and slowly rising through the ranks with his tenacity and determination. Its endeavors range from elegant Michelin-starred sushi restaurant Omakase, to fast-casual dim sum spot, Dumpling time, to Michelin-starred American steakhouse with Japanese undertones, Niku Steakhouse, all united in their dedication to showcasing Asian cuisine and culture interpreted through a distinct Californian lens.
No one else has Kash’s mom’s amazing recipes! But seriously, our dedication to dumpling craftsmanship is serious and filled with hours of hard work and love. Also in terms of uniqueness, I love that we’ve taken Chinese staples like Siu Mai Dumplings and Gyoza and incorporated premium ones like Maine Lobster Siu Mai and Wagyu Beef Gyozas. They are still show stoppers. – Mike Haro, Operations Manager