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Dumpling Daughter’s Chinese Food is Exquisite

January 13, 2015
Let’s begin with the egg-drop tomato soup ($5), which is made to order. It’s a simple bowl of broth with tomatoes and an egg swirled in, which forms custardy flakes. With so few ingredients it doesn’t seem possible that it can taste this good and this comforting. Wonton soup ($5) is a similar triumph: pork-filled wontons with thin, tender wrappers floating in a delicious, light broth with a few scallions garnishing the bowl.
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The Newest Food Trend: Fermentation

August 24, 2016
I’m hooked. And so my mind turns to kimchi — specifically that made by chef Lee Kun Shee at Weston restaurant Dumpling Daughter. When I first tasted it with barbecued pork tenderloin, I had to order the kimchi ramen. And then the short rib with kimchi. OK, and then the Taiwanese kielbasa bun with kimchi. Heck, I would eat this kimchi on an English muffin. I have to know how to make it.
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62 of Boston’s Best New Restaurants

January 11, 2015
Nadia Liu Spellman’s parents opened the iconic Sally Ling’s in the ’80s, but her Dumpling Daughter in Weston shows she can stand on her own. Her menu features “authentic Chinese home-style fare,” such as a glass noodle salad with beef and cilantro and dan dan mien noodles, while also honoring family history with vegetable spring rolls and wonton soup.
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Nadia Liu Spellman’s Primer to Usher in the Year of the Sheep

February 18, 2015
Thursday marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, a meaningful family holiday celebrated with symbolic foods. Nadia Liu Spellman, owner of Dumpling Daughter in Weston, offers a primer on ushering in the Year of the Sheep.
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Dumplings and More at Weston’s Dumpling Daughter

January 10, 2015
Improbably cozy. The layout is vaguely Chipotlian, with a minimalistic dining area, counter-service ordering, and an assembly-line kitchen. But that’s where the similarities stop. Spellman and her husband, childhood sweethearts, greet friends. Ladies in fluffy scarves bid one another happy new year. Cleanshaven men in corduroys tuck into soup and talk business. In one corner, a group of friends host a baby shower and coo over bibs. Poinsettias dress up a picture window, and a high-heeled dumpling with red lips makes a welcoming logo. Hypnotic Muzak seems to whisper, “Slurp. Slurp more.”
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Chinese Eatery Coming to Weston Center

August 14, 2014
Nadia Liu Spellman, daughter of restaurateur Sally Ling, received site plan approval from the Planning Board for a casual new Chinese eatery, Dumpling Daughter, to be located on the site of the former Campo de Fiore at 37 Center St. near Bros. Marketplace and Bruegger’s Bagels.
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New Weston Restaurant Makes a Splash

December 7, 2014
Dumpling Daughter, the newly opened Chinese restaurant in Weston center, puts a new spin on the soup-and-sandwich concept, one that apparently has been welcomed with gusto by residents of the town and beyond.
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Your Table is Ready

Summer 2015
To be a successful restaurant owner requires more than a fondness for food and a penchant for people. Owners must keep their menus fresh, inspire their employees, stand out from competitors, and work many an hour, all while striving to achieve one goal—a delicious, distinctive, and delightful dining experience for every person, without fail, who walks through the door.
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Four Destination Dishes to Try Around Boston

November 2015
Too bad this seasonal bao—soft-shell crab, sriracha slaw, and a pillowy Chinese milk bun—only comes around during the summer. A $12 order comes with two, but trust us, you won’t want to share.
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Sally Ling’s Heir Set to Open Dumpling Daughter

October 28, 2014
When it opens on November 8, Nadia Liu Spellman’s Dumpling Daughter will not only represent a lifetime of family meals and generations of recipes, but the resurrection of her parents’ restaurant legacy. Opened in 1984 by Sally Ling and her then-husband, Edward Nan Liu, Sally Ling’s namesake restaurant was one of the first fine dining Chinese establishments in the country. Now her daughter wants to restore a small piece of that family history, while reintroducing a sentimental and underrepresented type of cuisine.
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Family Ties

January 2015
Sally Ling’s, the high-end Chinese restaurant that held court on the South Boston waterfront from 1984 to 2003, attracted notable diners (Julia Child, Martin Yan) and suburbanites alike. Now, more than a decade later, Ling’s dishes are making a comeback, thanks to her daughter, Nadia Liu Spellman, who left a Manhattan finance gig to open Dumpling Daughter in Weston this past November.
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Phantom Gourmet

April 23, 2016
See us talk childhood favorites with Dan Andelman here.

June 1, 2015
See our Phantom Gourmet segment here.


CBS: The Jordan Rich Show

August 4, 2015
Listen to our segment on the Jordan Rich Show here.


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