Alright guys, if you’re looking for cheap eats that will blow your mothereffin’ mind, you need to head to Reren stat. They have some of the best dumplings in the District! Their entrees are just whatever so pass on those, but their dumplings, noodz, and chili oil are exceptional. So, here’s what you need to get if you go: their handmade pork dumplings ($5), their handmade fish dumplings ($5), their ChengDu spicy wontons ($8), and their Dan-Dan Noodles ($13).
I honestly can’t believe their handmade dumplings are only $5 an order. You get 6 ginormous pieces of perfection, and I can’t even begin to tell you guys how delicious they are. I don’t eat fish so I haven’t tried their fish dumplings (obviously), but I listed them anyways because my foodie friends tell me they’re even tastier than the pork…which straight up confuses me because the pork is everything good in life wrapped in a wonton shell. Sidebar: the pork dumplings look a bit more pink (pictured directly below), and the fish dumplings have more greens in their filling (scroll down a bit).
The filling’s juicy and super flavorful, and the texture of the wrapper’s just sublime. I’m really picky when it comes to certain things, like pasta for example. If it’s not cooked al dente, it’s garbage, at least to me. I don’t care how good the sauce is, if the noodz are smooshy, I won’t eat it. Same with dumplings. The filling could be gold, but if it’s not steamed properly, it’s a no-go. Who wants to eat a dumpling when it’s falling apart? Big ugh.
Trust me friends, these are magical, and once you’ve had them, you’re gonna want to come back…the very next day, ha. I laugh, but I’m totally serious. Now, the spicy wontons are absolutely amazing as well, but they’re similar to the pork dumplings in a way. I believe they have the same filling, and the only difference is shape and seasoning.
They’re drenched in chili oil, but you could do the same with the pork dumplings if you wanted – just ask for it, and they’ll bring it to you. Their chili oil’s honestly the best I’ve ever had, like I’m planning on buying a bottle the next time I go. And it’s not stupid spicy, it’s more for flavor, and it’s actually pretty mild. It just adds a little kick to take things up a notch so don’t be afraid to try it!
Andddd of course their Dan-Dan noodles. A lot of my friends prefer their ramen, and it’s pretty good (and super cheap), but I prefer these noodz. They’re a bit more expensive at $13 – compared to $10 bowls of ramen – but they’re worth the extra dough.
I know some of you may think $13 is a lot for a bowl of noodles, but they give you a GIANT bowl that’ll last for days. Think perfectly cooked noodz with ground pork, organic wild veggies, scallions and peanuts. Make sure you mix it all thoroughly before enjoying, friends!
Alright guys, that’s it for today’s cheap eats feature. I’m going to be sharing way more of these moving forward. I’m all about glam living on a budget, and I want to make sure I help you guys to do all the things, eat all the foods, and drink all the drinks you want without breaking the bank. I’m going to make sure everything stay’s wallet-friendly so definitely make sure to check soon.