Popular farmers market Chinese stand Steamies Dumplings is opening a new physical store found on 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 148 in the Highland neighborhood starting sometime this fall.
The shop will focus on frozen goods — mainly dumplings, potstickers, and wontons with fillings like chicken/shiitake mushrooms, pork/napa cabbage and vegan iterations with vegetables and seitan. Steamies’s storefront will also expand with other dim sum-friendly items like steamed buns and sticky rice. Currently, it has been experimenting with various soup dumplings too. Alas, unlike its farmers market stands, the frozen dishes won’t be cooked on the premises.
Owners Cindy Chee and Leslie Chau wanted to expand with a storefront in order to increase their production because of growing demand for the dumplings. Luckily, the farmers market stands at Lakeline Farmers Market on Saturdays and Mueller Farmers Market on Sundays will remain operational when the store opens. They’re also thinking of expanding into other farmers markets.
Chee and Chau, who are both first-generation Hong Kong immigrants who came to Austin from Montreal, opened Steamies in 2018. The storefront will be found in the same shopping plaza as 99 Ranch, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, 85C Bakery Cafe, and other restaurants and shops. This also includes forthcoming Japanese restaurant Sazan Ramen.