THE START OF SOMETHING MAD
In November of 2016, college friends Fen Yi Chen and Edwin Lee took to the street and started their journey in becoming one of the best food trucks in the nation. Their goal: to create dumpling dishes no one has ever eaten before.
In the beginning of 2016, Fen quit his corporate job in New York City, trekked across the country from New York, in pursuit of starting Mad Dumplings. When he met up with Edwin in the summer of 2016 at the OC Night Market, they vowed to serve at the same event the following summer. After that summer, Edwin also quit his corporate job in exchange for the food truck life, the quest for Mad Dumplings began. Needless to say, the pair were serving their delicious at the OC Night Market in 2017.
Their goal was to change the food truck game, create an open-concept kitchen and serve the best and most creative dumplings anyone has ever tasted. Each Dumpling Fen and Edwin creates are homemade, folded by hand, and served with love by each member of the Mad Dumplings crew.
Fast forward to 2017, when Mad Dumplings won the award for Best Dumplings at the San Gabriel Valley Dumpling & Beer Festival, outlasting over 20 dumpling vendors for the accolade. Earlier that year, Mad Dumplings was also awards "Best in Show" by FoodBeast at their annual Noodsfest. Their biggest achievement, however, came in the summer of 2018, when Mad Dumplings was featured on The Food Network's, "The Big Food Truck Tip," hosted by Andrew Zimmern, a former food truck owner and world-renowned chef and television personality. Andrew was impressed with the duo and Mad Dumplings, calling their dumplings, "The best bite I had in town," also awarded them with $10,000 and recognition as the best food truck in Southen California.
Multiple awards, a year-long stint serving Disneyland guests, and two food trucks later, Fen and Edwin are still hitting the streets, creating new dumplings and bringing smiles to the faces of their customers, all the while sticking to their guns, providing the best customer service and reasonably-priced food to Southern California.
Feel free to stop them (even while they're busy cooking and working) to wave a "Hi" and they'll be more than happy to send a smile back.
The Mad Dumplings Team