A trend that started in Taiwan has landed on Convoy at the recently-opened Facing East Noodle & Bar (4647 Convoy St. #101C), which takes the place of Dede’s Teajuice City. The kitchen is making fusion versions of Shanghainese xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, that feature pork fillings infused with black truffle, foie gras, snow crab and cheese wrapped in dumpling skins colored and flavored with squid ink, mushrooms, spinach, and beets.
Other housemade items include boiled dumplings and a variety of noodles for fried noodles and noodle soups. The eclectic menu once included Mexican street tacos (its owners also run a different Asian concept in Ensenada) but now sticks to Asian snacks, ranging from fried chicken wings and pork chops to rice dishes and casseroles. There’s also a large selection of drinks, from milk teas and smoothies to milkshakes topped with everything from brownies to doughnuts and cookies.