Po's Dumpling Bar (Established 2007)
While Po's Dumpling Bar is fairly new to the 39th Street dining scene, Po and Rita Hwang are no strangers to the kitchen. They have been cooking for families for over 30 years.
Po's family originally owned a noodle factory in Tawian. At the early age of eight years, Po was learning how to make noodles from scratch, as they now proudly practice in the kitchen here for your delight.
Po and Rita settled in the United States owning authentic Chinese restaurants which held high acclaim by critics and customers in locations such as Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA. It is our honor to serve Kansas City, MO and we take great pride in our homemade dishes and excellent service.
Po believes in higher education, which is one of the reasons why he continues to be on the honor-role at JCCC (for over 10 years; while working 7 days a week!) and takes time to meet with his customers to give them background on the dishes they are eating, tea they are drinking along with tid-bits of information on Tawianese culture.
You can also expect Rita to come out from managing and cooking in the kitchen to ensure you are satisfied with your meal. Not only does she supervise the food for quality but she also adds a special touch to dishes like the Apple Dumplings by making her own apple filling for fresh flavor.
Po's Dumpling Bar believes in authentic quality food and this is why the vast majority of our dishes are home-made. You can taste the difference for yourself and we are more than happy to help you with any menu selections you are curious about.
Come in and see for yourself!
Po is the third child from the bottom. This picture taken in Taiwan at 1958 at Po's family Noodle Factory. This is where Po learned to make wonderful noodles and recipes that he and Rita now share with you!
as taken from the Kansas City Star
(see NewsRoom for other articles on Po's Dumpling Bar)
Po Hwang, 18, noticed that 16-year-old Rita Ow was not good in math.
"He volunteered to teach me," Rita says.
It was 1968, and Po and Rita lived in the same area in Taiwan. Several times a week, Po went to Rita's house after school and worked on Rita's trigonometry and algebra. He also helped her with English.
"He was a good teacher," Rita recalls. "He spoiled me."
"We got along well," Po says.
The more time they spent together, the more they cared about each other.
Po went to college and then spent two years in mandatory military service. Rita worked at a church. The two stayed connected through letters.
When he returned home from the military, his parents said, "You can get married now."
In keeping with Chinese custom, a third party from Po's family went to Rita's parents and proposed the marriage. Her family approved, and in 1974 they had a big wedding with 400-500 guests.
In 1981 the couple moved to the United States. Po worked at a friend's restaurant in Springfield.
"I practiced learning real-world
English conversation, which is so different from school-learned English," Po says.
He and Rita also practiced adjusting to a new culture. They had to learn everything anew, including driving.
Po worked in different jobs, including food service and mechanics, and the couple lived in several cities before settling in Kansas City in 1992.
"We liked the Midwest environment," he says.
Last May, Po and Rita opened their own restaurant, Po's Dumpling Bar, on West 39th Street in midtown.
"She's a good cook, and I'm a good eater," he says. The couple work long and hard.
"We help each other," Rita says. "He has a good sense of humor. Any time I don't know something, he always has answers."
"Rita encourages me," Po says. "She keeps me from giving up and reminds me to do my best. That's the real meaning of husband and wife, to help each other."
The couple live in Olathe and have two grown sons. They like to watch TV together. For relaxation, Rita likes to window-shop, people-watch and sit down with a cup of coffee. "That renews me," she says.
They enjoy each other's company and value each other's support.
"In our culture, when we marry we stick together forever," Po says.
That suits Rita. "If I feel upset or frustrated, I talk to Po," she says. "He is still my teacher."
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Po’s Dumpling Bar
1715 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
You are in good hands when the owner, Po Hwang, is your server and his wife, Ow, is in charge of the kitchen. Po’s is trying hard to cater to palates of all types, but ask the owner for his authentic Asian favorites on his menu and you will enjoy tender dumplings and home cooked Chinese dishes, just like, well, Po’s Mom used to make. Do not miss the Emperor’s Dumplings, get 6 pan-fried dumplings with savory filling of your choice for $6. Mao Po Tofu with ground pork and Beef with Tomato over rice are both around $10 and excellent. TELL: Po you like it hot and spicy and he will be happy to dial up the heat on any dish