Do you know how hard it is to find a decent Chinese dumpling in the United States? It’s hard. Really hard. And once you’ve had a real deal dumpling, you can never go back. Don’t even try to serve me your thick-skinned, meatball-y center nonsense.
Obviously, there are good dumplings to be had in New York City. In California. In Seattle. There is great Chinese food all over the world. But there’s a lot of really bad Chinese food too.
I’d pretty much given up on the idea that I could get really, REALLY good Chinese food in Denver. I had, however, heard there was a good place in Boulder: Zoe Ma Ma. I kept meaning to get up there to try it out…
But then, a second Zoe Ma Ma opened by Union Station. Score! Last weekend we took the bus down there (yay public transit and no carseats!) for an early dinner.
It was good. Really good. The owner, Edwin, was welcoming and friendly. His goal with Zoe Ma Ma is to celebrate his mother’s cooking (周妈妈 Zhōu māmā = Mama Zhou!). I gather they have roots in both Taiwan and northern China, and that’s the food they’re serving. Northern Chinese classics and some other crowd pleasers.
Zoe Ma Ma nailed it. Homestyle Chinese food with high-quality ingredients. Everything is made to order and tastes fresh and delicious. I can’t wait to go back.
Oh and the dumplings? Fantastic.