Dumpling is the name; dumplings are (part of) the game

Chicken with corn dumplings at Dumpling, 925 Arch St.

The crew from Shanghai 1 has branched out around the corner with a sibling called Dumpling, which recently replaced Erawan Thai (925 Arch St., 267-534-4141).

Dumpling is not fancy - a narrow Chinatown storefront with one of those cove ceilings with colorful lights running down the middle. There's a private table in the back.

Eleven kinds of dumplings make up only a part of the menu, which is nonspecific to one particular region of China (where Shanghai 1 is Shanghaiese/Taiwanese). Among the dumpling fillings are chicken and corn; pork with crab meat; and spicy seafood. 

In fact, pepper fans will find much spice on the menu, which is dotted liberally with red chili icons. The chicken hot pot, tooth pick lamb, and chong qing noodles all pack heat.

It's BYOB. Beer would work well with the spice.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch specials ($7.95) are served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.