Mei Long Village xiaolongbao (XLBs)
Weekends are best. Week days you have to get there early to any of the three - Dragon Mark,Mei Long or J and J for lunch.
I can tell the difference- the filling at J and J is a little tastier - maybe because they prep the whole crab there - but I like the wrappers an Mei Long better.
If Im having a big dinner with friends, I usually end up at Mei Long - in addition to being addicted to XLB, I dream about their Smoked Tea Duck, another all time favorite - anywhere.
But for a simple lunch (i try to eat there early for lunch) J and J is great. I think over all the food is better at J and J - But both are really good.
I was supposed to go to dim sum today, take some curious souls who had never been, but at the last minute a cold felled one of the companions, so the excursion is going to be another time.
What to do on a sultry March day destined to be in the 90's? Uh, make an inaugural trip to Mei Long Village and try soup dumplings!! Whoo Hoo!! My husband and I got there around 12:30, and were seated after a 3-5 minute wait. We ordered one appetitzer, the cold stirred cucumber, and two orders of xlb; Shanghai dumplings(pork) and pork and crab dumplings. I loved it! After we were done eating the xlb and the cucumber, we ordered some pan-fried pork dumplings. The verdict? Eh.
I'm daydreaming and plotting my return to SGV, and snapping up some more xlb--maybe next time I'll try an entree, as well.
I was happy our waiter's English was good-I'm allergic to shellfish, so while I use my husband as a taster, it was easy to ask questions.
1 order Shanghai dumplings
1 order pork and crab xlb
1 order pan fried pork dumplings
$27.60 with tax, before tip
In my next venture, I think I'll try J & J, and leave room for Beard Papa.