by Ken Tsui | Just about every culture has a dumpling of sorts, but in Vancouver it’s the Chinese dumpling that reigns supreme. Coming in all shapes and sizes, a big plate of these neatly folded packages brings people together like no other. Matthew Murtagh-Wu (the self-professed #DumplingKing) knows a thing or two about gathering strangers around sizzling plates of Chinese dumplings and cold beer. Inspired by his childhood spent in Chinatown and the passion of getting down with his Chinese roots, Matthew started Murtagh-Wu, a freshly minted delivery service for frozen, handmade dumplings made by the “King” himself.
On the final Friday and Saturday evenings of February, Murtagh-Wu is throwing a whole lot of those dumplings in hot pans for his Dumpling Pop-Up at the Bee Space at 580 Powell Street (Hives For Humanity). Expect an open dumpling bar dishing out his signature stuffies, including one loaded with Johnnie Walker Black Pork Belly & Scallion and another dubbed Five Spice Vegetarian. There will also be plenty of pickles to go around. The pop-ups will also be pouring Strange Fellows beer to wash it all down and put you a little more at ease to chat up your fellow dumpling-loving neighbours at one of the many communal tables.
Tickets are sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis with limited seating. Cash is (also) King, so make sure to bring some. If you can’t make it, catch Murtagh-Wu cruising the streets with all your dumpling needs and either hit him up for an order on his hotline or on his website, www.murtaghwu.com.
WHEN: February 17, 18, 24, 25 | TIME: 6 to 9 pm
WHERE: Hives For Humanity – 580 Powell Street, Vancouver | TICKETS: $20 at the door