San Diego’s Chinese food scene is often disrespected and not entirely without reason. This town’s Chinese food lacks the depth of the Bay Area’s scene and the breadth of options in the San Gabriel Valley.
These days, it’s a lot better than it once was with much of that improvement coming in the form of regional variety. Not so long ago, the notion of finding a true Hunan restaurant or even a good Sichuan one was fantastical. Today, it isn’t that difficult to find a variety of places serving both.
Take, for example, Harmony Pot Sticker (7905 Engineer Road) in the Convoy District. It’s the first San Diego outpost of a Northeast China-based chain and the signature dishes are, as if the name didn’t give it away, pot stickers. However, these aren’t the pleated, sealed, pan-fried pork dumplings served at every dim sum place. Sure, Harmony’s pot stickers are, indeed, pan-fried on one side and most of them (but not all) include pork, but beyond that point, the stickers found at Harmony diverge from the familiar.