Every Wednesday morning, Peter Bian, a.k.a. @therealpeterbian, posts his upcoming dumpling drop on Instagram. Last Wednesday’s release sold out in 10 minutes(!!), but we still managed to score four dozen dumplings, which we fried up for friends in a backyard brunch that afternoon.
Interest in Bian’s dumplings have exploded since he launched his Instagram sales four weeks ago. “Dumplings have been a part of my life as long as I can remember,” writes Bian, who uses his mom’s recipes and does everything from scratch: grinding the meat for the fillings, making the wrapper dough by hand, mixing the ingredients, and finally hand-rolling and -wrapping each individual dumpling. “They are a labor of love and made when celebrating life and community.”
Here’s how it works: Bian posts a menu of available fillings in his Instagram story at 10 a.m. sharp. Last week’s offerings included pork and Napa cabbage, beef with shredded carrot and Szechuan peppercorn, a vegetarian medley (green beans, egg, tofu, shiitake mushroom, glass noodles, cabbage, carrots), and the most ridiculously delicious lamb. Each pack comes with 12 frozen dumplings and are priced between $12 and $18. The second you see the story go live, DM Bian with a list of the flavors you want and how many, wait for him to confirm your order, then Cashapp ($PeterBian) or Venmo (@Peter-Bian) him the total.
Pickup is every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in a parking ramp near the Walker Art Center. The whole experience is mysterious and fun—pulling into a stranger’s garage, wondering if you’re about to be murdered, and instead being handed big, beautiful bags of blessed dumplings and to-go containers of spicy dipping sauce.
Bian’s Instagram stories even include helpful cooking instructions on steam-frying the dumpling bottoms to golden-brown perfection. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!