Hao Ma Dumplings is the recommended dumpling joint that is closest to work.
I asked the waiter to recommend a veggie dish for us, and we ordered mutton dumplings and pork with winter melon dumplings.
Plating that is supposed to allay sanitation fears
The mutton dumplings were not particularly interesting. The texture of the mutton was too tight, and the characteristically dull, musky taste of mutton made the dumplings just sink in my mouth. The pork with winter melon dumplings were especially delicious. They were little purses of meaty juice. The dumplings had enough flavor to resist the condiments, but high sodium level wasn't the factor that was holding us back. The condiments were out in the open for who knows how long in the smokey restaurant. It's simply not safe to use them.
The stir-fried Chinese brocolli stems and bamboo shoots were addictive. The waiter's recommendation almost made up for the ridiculously bad service.