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Best jiaozi-style dumplings?

AquaW Oct 2, 2006 06:13 PM

Haven't seen a recent post on this lately (recent ones tend to focus on just one or two dumpling houses) so figured I'd start one -- who serves the best jiaozi-style dumplings (as opposed to the doughball gnocchi-style) in Los Angeles?

I'm expecting a few Din Tai Fung posts -- and I'll contend its quite good, but what they considered a shu mai was absolutely horrifying to me!

Of courses, specialties, addresses, hours/days opened are appreciated.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: AquaW Oct 2, 2006 06:28 PM

    Dumpling House in Rosemead, IMO, has the best dumpling skins -- hearty, thick, chewy and boiled "al dente" so that eating them requires effort, effort in a good way, and sets them clearly apart from xlb. In reality, they are made as if mandu were cross-bred with traditional Beijing dumplings (probably not a coincidence as the owners are part Korean). I always get the fish dumplings.

    Dumpling 10053 offers good jiaozi without being fussy. Skins are chewy and there is the right ratio of filling/dumpling skin.

    Dumpling House Restaurant
    5612 Rosemead Blvd.
    Temple City

    Dumpling 10053
    10053 Valley Blvd. #2
    El Monte

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      AquaW RE: ipsedixit Oct 2, 2006 09:41 PM

      Cool - heading tto 10053 tonight for dinner (how disappointing that they don't have over 10,000 varieties of dumplings? heh) -- anything there in particular you recommend?

      1. re: AquaW
        sidwich RE: AquaW Oct 2, 2006 10:11 PM

        I like the sea cucumber and veggie dumplings, and the shrimp are pretty good as well. Chowdad and chowbro love the potstickers.

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          ipsedixit RE: AquaW Oct 2, 2006 11:00 PM

          I like the fish dumplings at 10053 -- there are 2 varieties but always forget which one is better, one type of fish dumplings I believe is 0.50 more expensive. Go with the cheaper one, it's better.

          Veggie dumplings aren't bad, either.

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        Chubbypanda RE: AquaW Oct 2, 2006 11:24 PM

        I'd like piggyback on this post and ask for OC dumpling recs too, please. Looove the dumplings, wanna eat more.

        My current defaults in Irvine are A&J Cafe, Red Onion Cafe, and Sam Woo, so other options would be very much appreciated. The more authentic, the better. Looking for flavors from my childhood.

        - Chubbypanda


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          ml22 RE: Chubbypanda Oct 2, 2006 11:44 PM

          Ten Ten Seafood next to the 99Ranch shopping center (5 and Euclid)

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