My co-worker, Cris, wanted to go to Steamy Piggy. Who am I to say no to new things?
Interior at Steamy Piggy. It was a lot smaller than I thought. We ended up sitting out on the patio. Better lighting for foods.
Steamy Piggy menu number 1.
And… “somewhere in the middle” menu. Whatever that means.
Steamy Piggy boozy drinks.
Cris and Emily both got drinks. I didn’t feel like spending $6 on something that would probably be too sweet. The one on the right is the Watermelon Green Tea [$6]. Annnnnnd I forgot what the drink on the left is, but hey… pretty umbrella.
I got a half order of Char-Siu Fried Rice ($12.50 half order, $20.50 full order). This “half” was incredibly large to me! The fried rice had bits of char-siu pork, shrimp, sausage, egg, carrots, and peas. It was full of lots of different types of goodies BUT… it was very, very oily. It has a nice seasoning and overall flavor but it was much more oily than I would have liked it to be. At least reheating it wouldn’t require extra oil…. I guess?
Emily ordered the half order of Piggy Noodles ($13.50 half / $22.50 full). If this is half then I don’t think I want to know what a full order looks like!
This dish comes with lo mein noodles with marinated pork belly tucked on the side plus plump shrimp and vegetables. And again… this dish was oily as hell. It tasted okay at first but then it feels really rich and heavy due to the excess oil in the dish… and you know, that pork belly on the side. If it was less greasy then I think we would have all enjoyed this more.
I ordered one of these to share with Emily and this girl went ahead and ordered a second one. Damn. I had like two bites of this Piggy Bao [$4.50]. The marinated pork belly sauce was way too rich and overpowering for me and the spicy mayo made it … well…. too spicy for me. I wanted to like this but the marinade was too strong!
After waiting what seemed like an eternity, we finally got our Assorted Dumplings [$9.50]. We didn’t have time to really stick around and enjoy them though since it took so long to get them and we had to get back to work. So I quickly took a bit of every dumpling before putting it into a container to take back to work. I was greeted with hot juices squirting out at me but I didn’t care – I was gonna try them all while they were still hot!!
My absolute #1 “I would come back just for this” favorite was the pink PIMP SHRIMP dumpling that is filled with a combination of pork belly and shrimp! Seriously I would come here again and just order that and nothing else. It was incredibly juicy with a big piece of shrimp inside. It was a little crispy on the bottom, the dumpling skin was perfect with a good chew, and it was piping hot! I need a whole plate of those babies!
The chives (pork belly + chives) and the curry chicken (chicken, carrot + curry) were also good runner-ups. The Brawny Burger (beef + onion) was also an interesting one but not as good as the rest. The cabbage and the veggies were my least favorite. There was also an egg and cheese one that just mostly weirded me out from the gooey texture inside.
So… I’m pretty sure this whole review of Steamy Piggy sounds like “blah, disappointing” but PIMP SHRIMP OR NOTHING you guys. That’s all I have to say about that. Also don’t come here if you’re on a time crunch. Damn.
4681 Convoy Street, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92111