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A Korean dumpling house, Pling (the last four letters of “dumpling”) has opened in Midtown with a flourish. Expect a well-lighted place, with plenty of parking and a handsome modernist/East Asian design. Pling has a limited menu at present; there are eight varieties of dumpling and a couple of steamed buns. And because this is a Korean spot, you can expect some heat. Order this to go: Overall, we preferred the pan-fried and steamed dumplings, though we relished the crispy Korean fried chicken with a sweet-spicy sauce. The pan-fried pork-and-caramelized-onion dumplings were satisfying, as were the steamed pork-and-shrimp (with tails protruding for easy lifting). The chicken cilantro gained zip from a zesty vinegary dipping sauce Pro tip: There’s no way to order online except through a delivery service. Pickups must be phoned in, and payment is taken indoors. Thanks to ingenious packaging, the food travels exceptionally well.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Houston


Drinks: No bar

Price: $

Rating: ★★

Address: 223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: L & D Mon–Sat.

Phone: 713-360-7255

Website: plingusa.com

Last updated: February 22, 2021