All that and dim sum 🥢
Rooted in tradition and guided by appetites, Dicky’s Dumps are Chinese-style dumplings handmade with love in Vancouver, BC. To celebrate the year of the ox, we chatted with Dickson Li about his love for dumplings and kicks.
Q: So how did Dicky’s Dumps all start?
A: Together and separately, we’ve been championing community and culture for most of our adult lives – Dickson through cooking and feeding loved ones, Pearl through creating District Local as a Vancouver passion project. Dicky’s Dumps was conceived at a District Local Lunar New Year event Get Lucky Art Show, celebrating Chinese heritage while bringing the community together, and sharing the culture in a fun way with those who may or may not have grown up with it.
“Together and separately, we’ve been championing community and culture for most of our adult lives.”
Q: What’s your favourite thing about Lunar New Year?
A: Usually, it’s the social aspect of gathering with family. This year is different of course but we’ll still celebrate by eating lots of good food.
Q: What makes this Dutch Love batch different from what you usually make?
A: All our dumps are made with love, so that’s no different! Here, we’ve gone with pork & shrimp, a classic Hong Kong wonton flavour.
Q: Steamed, pan fried or boiled, what’s your favourite? Is there a certain flavour you like a certain way?
A: We chose to make our dumplings this specific shape for the most versatility – it stands up well to any cooking method, and because of its shape, they’re excellent sauce-catchers. The veg ones, because of the delicate fill with higher moisture content, are best steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried (vs boiled).
Q: If you had guests to impress, what would you make?
A: I make a banger Thai-style crab fried rice.
Q: What favourite rapper are you going shopping with for kicks?
A: LMF! IYKYK.
Q: Our Breakfast Club wants to know, what’s your go-to breakfast food?
A: It hasn’t changed – Cha Chaan Tang (HK style cafe) macaroni soup with SPAM and egg.
“We chose to make our dumplings this specific shape for the most versatility – it stands up well to any cooking method.”
Q: When you’re not out slanging dumplings where can people find you hanging out in the city?
A: On the mountain, and of course, any spot where the food’s good and the vibes are tight.
Q: If we’re shooting a movie about you, who are we casting for the role?
A: Don’t know, but I’d be down to be cast in a remake of Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery. All-time classic.
Q: What’s your dream brand collab?
A: With the amount of ACG in the closet…
Q: Thoughts on the fusion between weed and cuisine?
A: Makes perfect sense.
“Dicky’s Dumps was conceived at a District Local Lunar New Year event, celebrating Chinese heritage while bringing the community together.”
Q: What’s your favourite cannabis product?
Q: What are your go-to munchies?
A: A giant bag of chips.
Q: Which famous celebrity (dead or alive) are you smoking with?
A: LUDA. Everyone else can get out the way.
Q: What’s next for Dicky’s Dumplings?
A: More stuff and things! Stay tuned.