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Article: kansas City, mo
Thrilling Food in neighborhoods on the Rise
By: Salma Abdelnour
The most inspiring parts of all my trips happen when I’m least expecting them, and that was also true of my recent weekend in Kansas City…
…Rivaling the Crossroads scene is the restaurant boom on West 39th Street… A few doors down is the sleek Po’s Dumpling Bar (1715 W. 39th St.; 816-931-5991), where I grabbed some signature “emperor’s dumplings”—heaping with juicy pork, rolled up like crêpes—to snack on as I hit the road.
A SAUCY ADDITION TO 39TH STREET
By Lauren Chapin, KC Star
Like so many small mom-and-pop places , Po’s Dumpling Bar got its start around the kitchen table.
For years friends and family raved about Huei Ying Ow’s cooking and encouraged her to open a place of her own…
The menu is an ambitious mix of standard Chinese dishes familiar to Americans – think cashew chicken and sweet and sour chicken and more authentic dishes from their native Taiwan. And while Ow [Rita] runs the kitchen, Hwang [Po], a gentle-faced man with a perpetual smile, works the dining room and teaches the diners about the authenticity of his wife’s dishes and ingredients.
What sets Po’s apart from many other run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurants is the variety of the sauces, instead of the one-size-fits-all mentality, each dish had its own distinct flavors…to see the full article please click here.
Published on 2008-06-19, Page F26, Kansas City Star
Honorable Mention in Kansas City Star
Authentic Chinese cuisine locally
Authentic tastes locally
Here are a handful of local Chinese restaurants that take pride in serving authentic, regional fare:
** Po's Dumpling Bar: 1715 W. 39th St., 816-931-5991
Published on 2008-07-30, Page E6, Kansas City Star
From May Machete's Blogspot.com
Within the past two weeks I've frequented two different Asian restaurants down on 39th Street: Blue Koi and Po's Dumpling Bar. It cracks me up that they're so close to each other and yet so ridicuously different. Lemme tell you a little about it.
We went here last week, partially because Chinese sounded good and partially because I liked the sound of the name. We walked in to a decor that couldn't decide if it was hipster or Asian and were horrified to see that all the staff were white.
The menu was pretty good from the vegetarian standpoint, but they don't let you split dumpling orders! That pissed me off because I didn't want 8 damn dumplings and my boyfriend isn't vegetarian so we weren't planning on sharing. BUT, their food was good. We had dumplings, home made noodles and fried tofu with awesome sauce. The awesome sauce wasn't as impressive as we'd hoped, but apparently Matt and I just like spice too much, as our visit to Po's Dumpling Bar possibly confirmed.
Score (1 is worst, 5 is best)
TOTAL SCORE: 9 (out of a possible 20)
Po's Dumpling Bar
My boyfriend wanted to go to Pangea, but once we got there I didn't see a damn thing I wanted, so we left and went to Po's Dumpling Bar instead. The restaurant is beautifully laid out (it reminded me a little of Sung Son) and it's quite possible that we were served by one of the owners, who we were happy to see was Asian (Cantonese, we later found).
The menu at Po's was more veggie friendly than a lot of Midwest restaurants. The prices were so low that we ordered several dishes thinking they'd be small like at Blue Koi, but we were so wrong. I had veggie tofu soup, sesame balls (which ended up being a bad idea since they're sweet and I don't like the Asian version of sweets), and some emperor dumplings, veggie of course. Matt had the pork emperor dumplings and some chicken curry noodle dish. Not only were the dumplings 2-3 times larger than any other dumpling I've ever had, but all of the other dishes were enormous as well. We could have easily split nothing more than a $10 dinner and have walked away content. It was fabulously impressive.
Once again, the dishes were less spicy than we expected, but our server explained (after we asked for chili sauce to add to our dipping sauce) that their cuisine is Cantonese which is less spicy than the central China cuisine. And while I'm talking about our server again, I just have to say that he is the best server I've had in forever. He was just sweet, adorable and completely eager for us to have an amazing meal, which we totally did.
Score (1 is worst, 5 is best)
Taste: 3 (had to score it down for the sesame balls, even though it's my fault I ordered them)
TOTAL SCORE: 17 (out of a possible 20)
So by my random scale of deliciousness, Po's Dumpling Bar wins by a landslide. But SRSLY I'm salivating now just thinking about their delicious dumplings. I may have formed a new addiction.
This article is written by May Machete, and the Web address is: http://maysmachete.blogspot.com/2008/04/blue-kio-v-pos-dumpling-bar-or-asian.html
GOOD AND CHEAP
A RICH TIME AT PO’S
By Lauren Chapin, KC Star
…diners can feast on chicken lettuce wraps, dumplings, noodles, soups and more at Po’s…
…My threesome feasted well on a quiet Saturday night, filling up on signature dishes and soothing cups of hot tea. The Emperor dumplings, six to an order, were rolled like taquitos, the filling of prok and vegetables spilling out the open ends…Finely minced chicken and vegetables were spooned into three lettuce cups on a ed of airy fried rice noodles. We scraped up every bit of the lettuce wraps, including the molasses-thick plum sauce…
…Still, we ordered three entrees, sesame sauce noodles, chili pepper chicken and pork lo mein…
Click here for full article.
Kansas City Star, June 21,
Dining & Drinks / December 2007
Kansas City Star
Favorite vegetarian dishes
It all adds up for couple
By Deborah Shouse, KC Star
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Po Hwang, 18, noticed that 16-year-old Rita Ow was not good in math.
“He volunteered to teach me,” Rita says.
It was 1968, and Po and Rita lived in the same area in Taiwan. Several times a week, Po went to Rita’s house after school and worked on Rita’s trigonmetry and algebra. He also helped her with her English.
“He was a good teacher,” Rita recalls. “He spoiled me.”
“We got along well,” Po says…
…In 1981 the couple moved ot the United States. Po worked at a friend’s restaurant in Springfield…
Last May the couple opened their own restaurant, Po’s Dumpling Bar, on West 39th Street.
… “She’s a good cook and I’m a good eater,” he says. The couple work long and hard.
“We help each other,” Rita says. “He has a good sense of humor. Any time I don’t know something, he always has answers.” … click here to see full article.
Star Magazine, January 20, 2008
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Po’s Dumpling Bar
1715 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
You are in good hands when the owner, Po Hwang, is your server and his wife, Ow, is in charge of the kitchen. Po’s is trying hard to cater to palates of all types, but ask the owner for his authentic Asian favorites on his menu and you will enjoy tender dumplings and home cooked Chinese dishes, just like, well, Po’s Mom used to make. Do not miss the Emperor’s Dumplings, get 6 pan-fried dumplings with savory filling of your choice for $6. Mao Po Tofu with ground pork and Beef with Tomato over rice are both around $10 and excellent. TELL: Po you like it hot and spicy and he will be happy to dial up the heat on any dish