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Jan 31, 2007 09:42 AM

Best SGV Asian/Chinese/Soup dumplings for Saturday early dinner.

Since we have a dearth of quality places in the SFV I am heading out to the SGV area this Saturday to get some good (authentic...) Chinese etc...

Would like to avoid long waits and places that are "too popular" also looking for a menu with a good variety.... after perusing the posts on great SGV fare sounds like J J's might be the place to go, no?

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  1. Lots of good choices mentioned here in this thread that I started about XLB.

    JJ is good and so is Mei Long Village, as both will offer you a variety of menu items above and beyond just dumplings and XLB.

    You might also want to try Shanghai Kitchen, on the second level of the Focus Plaza in San Gabriel. I've only had their XLB once and it wasn't bad, plus they have lots of other Shanghainese dishes. Water boiled fish was very good.

    Shanghai Kitchen
    140 W. Valley Blvd., #211
    San Gabriel

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I haven't been to Shanghai Kitchen, but I heartily agree with JJ and Mei Long Village. We went to JJ last Saturday. We arrived at noon and waited 20 minutes. You should probably get there by 1145 if you want to shorten your wait time. If it's too crowded, you can always walk to Mei Long Village.

    2. If you're open to other than dumplings, Mandarin Noodle House in Monterey Park has THE BEST beef stew noodle soup ever!!! Everybody orders that dish. It's a small place, casual, cheap (cash only), and no long lines. They also have fantastic green onion pancakes and their potstickers (gyozas) are very good too! They're on the corner of Garvey and Chandler. I also like their ja-ja mein (you'd have to ask for this, don't remember what the English name is on the menu).

      1. JJ's is pretty good for XLB. You can stop by Beard Papa's afterwards for cream puff dessert (it's in the same plaza).

        Din Tai Fung in Arcadia is also a good option if you go really early. I would recommend going when they first open, around 5:00 p.m. or earlier. It's worth it if you have never been, but aside from their XLB, nothing else is spectacular.

        As for Mandarin Noodle House, since there is Mandarin Deli in Northridge, I would skip that one if you are making the drive out to San Gabriel Valley.

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        1. re: WHills

          Yeah I have been to Mandarin Deli here in the valley, it's not bad .. warms ya up good on a cool evening.
          I am so looking forward to JJ's .... there will be 3 of us so I am hoping to try a little of everything! Stir-Fried Nian Gao, scallion pancakes, how and sour soup, XLB of course and maybe even a rib or 2....

          1. re: WHills

            i'm not a fan of dtf's xlb but really like the shanghai rice cakes (nian gao).

          2. Took a visiting NY friend to Mei Long Village on Tuesday because of the variety of above average dishes offered. A lot of SGV places are great for a few things, but without doing sort of a food tour the next best thing is a place that has a lot of consistent offerings.

            We had a steamer of the crab and pork XLB, shanghai spareribs, shanghai rice cakes, and lion's head meatballs and barely made a dent in half of it. Everything was great and there was no wait at all. If we had a larger party, we would have also gone for the pork pump, jade shrimp, and fish with pinenuts.

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            1. re: TracyS

              Ok you are so NOT helping.... ummmmmm..... ok Mei Long Village sounds like it might be a good place to start...I can always make another trek out that way for JJ's and the others ....

            2. Bless you Chowhounds.... you have lead me to Nirvana *Mei Long Village* paradise in a round metal tin, full of soup dumpling goodness.... no scratch that... soup dumpling GREATNESS, easily the BEST Chinese food I have ever had... the BBQ spareribs (incredible), the pot stickers (Fabulous prolly the best I have ever had) , the chicken corn chowder soup (sublime) ,hot and sour soup (Very flavorful but could have used a bit more heat), the shell on shrimp (Very Good but not great) and the soup dumplings which I almost ordered another serving to eat by myself...yes they are THAT good!
              ...JJ's is next

              Oh yeah, when you go there don't forget to stop by Beard Papas in the same complex and get a crème puff and a green iced tea for the ride home.

              Thank you again Chowhounds!