The duo’s maiden operation hails from Irvine, CA, located on Campus Drive near the acclaimed university.
Prior to this, in 2016, Chen and Lee offered their dumplings from a food truck (which still operates today) before Andrew Zimmern of Food Network stumbled upon the concept and helped bolster its popularity.
Mad Dumplings offers an array of stuffed dough balls — a rudimentary description of the more complex dumpling — ranging from The Vintage Dumpling (turkey, mushrooms, Chinese chives, cilantro, and cabbage in handmade dumpling skins) to The Mac Dumpling (house-made mac dusted with Japanese panko crumbs and deep-fried).
They also offer rice bowls, tater tots, and student combos which will undoubtedly prove convenient given the incoming locale’s proximity to the school.
The outpost will open later this year.
– Amanda Peukert