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Wu Chow’s Free Soup Dumpling Pop-Up Location Shuffle

No one can turn down a free soup dumpling.

Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

To increase anticipation for the soon-to-open Wu Chow, C.K. Chin held a free guerilla soup dumpling pop-up yesterday. People began standing in line for the dim sum essential at 11:15am as Chin fired up the mobile propane setup to steam fresh soup dumplings. The team had permission from their landlord to operate in the shared courtyard, but they didn’t expect as large of a turn-out as they got. The big crowd caught the the attention of the property manager of the building next door, who wanted the pop-up to relocate.

As a quick solution, the kitchen moved to the loading dock behind nearby Swift’s Attic, also owned by Chin. The rest of the line either left or migrated over to the restaurant's lobby. To appease those who stuck around, half-off lunch gift cards were given out. All 400 dumplings were gone by 1:30pm. Eater was on the scene to capture the pop-up relocation

The modern Chinese restaurant is project to open sometime next year on West 5th Street. The menu will feature dishes developed from Chin's family recipes. Swift Attic's Mat Clouser and pastry chef Callie Speer will also help out.