Skip to main content

For My First Ever Russian Dumplings: “Luda’s Dumpling”

Did you ever making a shopping list beforehand but when you arrive at the checkout counter, your purchases include many more items than you thought you needed? You know like an average trip to Target? 

I know the answer is a resounding yes.

Well, that is the same experience I have every year with my annual to do list (  

Each time I sit down and write my list, I think I have covered all of my bases. But without fail, each and every time I am wrong. There are the countless unofficial additions I must add-on time and time again.

“Luda’s Dumplings” is one of these add-ons.

Luda’s Dumplings is in nearby Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and under two years old. It is a small shop that sells the kind of dumplings that will be unfamiliar to you if you have only ever had them in a Japanese restaurant, like I had recently at Ozi Dumplings ( Such was the situation I found myself when I finally stopped driving by and decided to pop in for a visit, and of course dinner. 

This restaurant is run by Eugene Tulman and his business partner/friend Lawrence Rafalovich. The restaurant is named for Eugene’s late mother. Luda was an impressive woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1996. She herself had two restaurants before passing away in 2012. It was this loss along with the longing for food like she use to make, that inspired Eugene to create this restaurant.

Despite the name of the restaurant, the food they are making are technically called “pelmeni” not dumplings. They are a Russian delicacy and Eugene (who is the chef here) makes his with an al dente consistency more reminiscent of gnocchi pasta, which I enjoyed. The fresh ingredients are mixed by hand and pressed using machines from Russia.

The only other time I had “Russian” food was when I ate in NYC’s famed “Russian Tea Room” ( though my meal their was anything but traditional. 

When I walked in, I was imitatively greeted by Eugene and impressed with the bright, sunny, minimally decorated shop. There is a case of frozen dumplings of each of his six varieties readily available for purchase. But I wanted it served fresh.

I had heard about their spinach and feta dumplings so that was an obvious choice. But what I didn’t know was how many other decisions I would need to make.

For starters the dumplings come in batches of thirty! When I heard that I gasped. But when you see the size and ultimately how light they are, it makes perfect sense. 

There are also several options for toppings and side sauces. Each order of dumplings comes with three toppings and two sauces at no extra cost. 
Eugene was so friendly and guided me through the ordering process. 

I got a batch of spinach and cheese (there are three other cheeses in that blend besides feta) as well as the potato and cheese dumplings. Because I was feeling incredibly indecisive I got sautéed mushrooms, scallions, and fried onions on both. On the side there was sour cream, chipotle cream, and horseradiosh cream. 

As soon as I got home (there are only a few stools and bar for those who want to dine in) I torn into these bad boys. They were so good. Though light in density they were anything but when it came to flavor. They were savory and clearly made with care. I originally though sixty sounded like too many (thirty in each batch) but they are so small and delicious, you just eat them up. Sort of like Pringles, once you start you can’t stop. When I was done I was full and more importantly satisfied. 

As I ate, I looked over their menu and decided what I would put on their wild shrimp dumplings, which I intend to try next. This time I will be fully prepared when it comes time to order. 

For More Information:


Popular posts from this blog

For My Madness During Migraine Awareness Month

Last weekend as I sat staring at the blank page in front of me, I was still surprised and elated that I had an entire day to myself and unlike past experiences it was filled with what I wanted when I wanted it. There were a few rough moments but when I consider the previous twelve hours (and the days to come) have been better than the last week. Especially this last week even though I had braced myself ahead of time, I just didn’t know I should have braced for a more serious episode. I am a chronic migraine sufferer for so many years I don’t quite remember when they started exactly which is ironic because I can remember every special event they have ruined. I remember plays or dinners I was at where I don’t remember what happened but I could tell you what I felt minute by minute. It amazing how the mind works, especially when it’s operated by a migraine brain. In the last few years, specifically the last few years since I have been going to the Montefiore Headac

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?

You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard?  You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound.  I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes.  I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something.  It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions.  Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima.  According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards

For Find Out Friday - Why is One Foot More Ticklish Than the Other?

As I sit here typing I can’t seem to stop thinking about my nails. Mainly that they REALLY need to get done. They are starting to chip and become unruly. As soon I as think about making an appointment my mind immediately returns to this question: “which of my feet will be ticklish this time?” Because I am a girl that needs her fingernails and toenails to match, I always get a pedicure whenever I get my nails done. And while this should be an activity I enjoy, it often feels like a chore, despite my going only once every three to four weeks. I know; #firstworldproblems.  Anyway, each and every time I get my toes done, as soon as they are done soaking in the bubbly water I wonder, which of my feet will be ticklish today?  Without fail one of them always seems to get the brunt of it and suddenly what was supposed to be a relaxing activity has made me all tense. So, is there a scientific reason for this?  According to most research, yes. While the answer doesn’t