Almost as soon as it opened in 2019, Lao Peng You became a fast favorite among noodle-loving, dumpling-adoring Chicagoans—and it's not hard to see why. Brothers Eric and Daniel Wat looked to family traditions to dictate their thoughtful menu. The dumplings are crafted by hand and stuffed with everything from pork and dill to squash and pea tip; they're served in an aromatic broth that tastes of shrimp, sesame, soy, garlic and chili oil. But you mustn't overdo it on dumplings, if only to ensure you still have room to slurp dan dan noodles, devour the addictive eggplant salad and eat a round of awe-inspiring green onion bread on your way out.
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