Comparison of Fufu’s Cafe’s Soup Dumplings to Joe Shanghai’s

I’ve been to Fufu’s once before with Cindy, Thomas, and Chris almost two years ago. We originally went for soup dumplings but they ran out. I haven’t been back till this past weekend. Thomas was in town from California and we met up over lunch and then I spent the rest of the day with him and Kim.

I’ve had soup dumplings only once before and it was during my 2nd trip to NYC with Kym, Nam, Meffy at Joe Shanghai’s way back in 2005. Here’s a picture I still managed to have.


Joe Shanghai’s soup dumplings, NYC


So here we are, 4 years after my only and amazing experience of soup dumplings and 2 years after my first trip to Fufu’s Cafe in Houston. They had soup dumplings this time!


Soup Dumplings at Fufu's Cafe, Houston
Fufu Cafe’s Soup Dumplings, Houston


The winner by a mile is Joe Shanghai in New York. Kind of disappointing as I don’t know when the next time I’ll be in NYC. The broth in Joe Shanghai’s is much more flavorful. However, Fufu was still tasty and it was nice to catch up with an old friend. Pictures of the rest of our feast.


Dumplings at Fufu's Cafe, Houston
Regular dumplings
green onion pie
Green Onion Pie


To read a more recent update of Chinatown restaurants in Houston, read this Houston Chinatown Guide published in 2020.