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Meet Allan and Candace Tea of Cali Dumpling Delivery in San Gabriel Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allan and Candace Tea.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Allan and Candace. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We started Cali Dumpling Delivery right after we got married in mid-March. At the time, due to state mandates that halted all in-dining, we had to furlough all of our employees at our businesses, including Hello Kitty Grand Cafe and Capital Seafood/Capital Noodle Bar restaurants here in Southern California. We obviously could not go on a honeymoon so we decided to launch a new business. I grew up eating dumplings as an after school snack and remember how comforting it was. I always wanted to start a dumpling delivery business and with the pandemic putting all of our other projects on hold, we finally had the time to devote to getting this off the ground. During the first few months, we donated all profits of dumpling sales to our furloughed employees and others in the hospitality industry, more than $20,000. Once the state allowed in-dining (outdoor/patio dining) again, we were able to provide hours to our staff again.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not everyone knew how to eat or cook dumplings, especially not the Xiao Long Bao (XLB). There was a period where we needed to educate customers about the product and best way to enjoy them.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Cali Dumpling Delivery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Cali Dumpling Delivery is a Southern California based delivery company. We specialize in handmade, restaurant quality dumplings and deliver them frozen straight to your door. Our most popular items are the Pork Xiao Long Bao (XLB), Shrimp Pork & Chive, and the Hong Kong Wontons.

We are definitely very proud of the quality of our dumplings. I grew up eating and cooking dumplings at home, and we wanted to bring the same experience to other families. It was very uncommon and difficult to find tasty, handmade dumplings, especially in Orange County.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m not sure, I don’t consider myself successful yet. I believe in working hard and working smart, but I have a long way to go.

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