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Mei Long Village xiaolongbao (XLBs)

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azibo Feb 13, 2007 08:13 PM

Do they have them all day every day, or only on weekends? What is the best time to go for brunch/lunch and not have to wait too long? Also, would you recommend a better place to go?

  1. monku Feb 13, 2007 08:29 PM

    Everyday...J&J just to the right of Mei Long Village. Their crab(real crab) and pork dumplings are fantastic.

    1. ipsedixit Feb 13, 2007 08:31 PM

      Mei Long Village has xlb whenever you go.

      Worse time to go in terms of crowds is usu. lunch/dinner during the weekends. Other times there is usually no wait.

      See my prior post about Mei Long Village and xlb. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359048

      1. wizardx Feb 13, 2007 10:55 PM

        I went to Mei Long for the first time last week, it was 5-6 pm on Saturday and there was plenty of seating, they did seem to be getting VERY busy as we left however.
        When you go make sure you get at least 2 orders they are out of this world!!

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          cjla Mar 11, 2007 09:05 PM

          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 Coke
          1 appetizer
          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.

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          1. re: cjla
            ipsedixit Mar 11, 2007 09:50 PM

            It's rather funny, but there is a dearth of good choices in the SGV (and probably all of Los Angeles) for good pan-fried dumplings.

            Don't even get me started on the supposedly world-famous pan-fried dumplings from Dumpling Master ...

          2. w
            wilp Mar 11, 2007 09:16 PM

            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.

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