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lapchern Mar 8, 2007 10:44 PM

i'm looking for some good non pan fried dumplings in the sgv area other than din tai fung. long waits even on weekdays has made it not even worth the effort.

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    WHills Mar 9, 2007 06:44 AM

    do a search on XLB or xiao long bao

    1. ipsedixit Mar 9, 2007 09:06 AM

      Just to be clear.

      Din Tai Fung technically does not have really have "dumplings" per se -- it serves xiao long bao (or what is often colloquially referred to as "soup dumplings").

      Other places for xiao long bao would be Mei Long Village, J&J, Dragon Mark, Ho Ho Kitchen. See my thread here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359048

      If you want dumplings, then go to Dumplng 10053 in El Monte at 10053 Valley Blvd. or Luscious Dumplings on Las Tunas in San Gabriel.

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        condiment Mar 10, 2007 06:35 PM

        I was at J&J yesterday and saw a delivery dude carrying many, many boxes of commercially made shu mai wrappers, wonton wrappers and noodles back into the kitchen. The XLB are pretty good here, but that was a little freaky, enough to offset the good vibes engendered by the sight of the staff picking meat from fresh crabs during the lunch hour. They may well make the XLB from scratch, but I suddenly have my suspicions...

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          choctastic Mar 10, 2007 10:18 PM

          i had the crab and pork xlb from there last week. good but very little soup and skin was too...sturdy. don't worry, they use the wonton wrappers for...wontons. in fact, the counter lady started making them at a table next to the kitchen after she took my order.

          1. re: choctastic
            ipsedixit Mar 11, 2007 01:14 PM

            I prefer my xlb skin to be on the thicker side -- I consider it "rustic". It's also another reason why I am not a big fan of DTF.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              choctastic Mar 12, 2007 08:50 AM

              there's also hardly any soup in these. i am not dinging them (i like their crab and pork xlb) but they're not the best xlb i've had. neither is dtf.

          2. re: condiment
            ipsedixit Mar 11, 2007 01:11 PM

            That shouldn't be a surprise. Very few, if any, places make their own shu mai or wonton wrappers. Even the large banquet style dim sum places in SGV (e.g. 888, Ocean Star, etc.) do not make their own shu mai wrappers. These are machine made; to do them by hand would be too labor instensive and slow and cost-prohibitive. $20 shu mais, anyone?

            And, with wontons, there really is very little need to knead your own dough and wrapper -- the difference is just not discernable.

            As far as noodles, I don't believe J&J advertises hand-pulled noodles or anything of that sort.

            Wrappers for dumplings and xlb are a different matter. The wrappers for those thing are much more prominent in the totality of the eating experience, esp. when it comes to dumplings.

            1. re: condiment
              raytamsgv Mar 14, 2007 03:03 PM

              Shu mai and wonton wrappers are not used for XLB because you simply cannot twist and form them enough for XLB use. Also, after cooking, they exhibit different physical properties (colloquially known as "the yum factor").

              As for the noodles, they don't specialize in hand-drawn nor hand-kneaded noodles, so it is not surprising that they buy them. Restaurants purchase almost all their supplies from wholesale grocers and suppliers, so different restaurants often start off with the same ingredients.

              The cooks' talents is what makes the difference in most cases.

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            PandanExpress Mar 9, 2007 01:14 PM

            I'm not sure what you mean as 'dumplings' if xiao long bao doesn't count as a dumpling. As I understand it 'dumpling' is a loose category that describes some type of round wrapper enclosing some filling that's either steamed or boiled. That covers xiao long baos nicely.

            If you're not in the mood for xiao long bao, Din Tai Fung does have some decent non-xiao-long-bao veggie dumplings which are steemed. I prefer the xiao-long-bao from Mei Long and the veggie dumplings from Din Tai Fung.

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              Jerome Mar 9, 2007 04:29 PM

              for xlb, i like giang-nan on garfield. . others like mei long village on valley.
              for shandong style jiaozi dumplings - l prefer 101 dumpling express on valley. . try the shrimp and pumpkin ones, and the wild vegetable ones. they also have the sole ones now.

              For sichuan style chao-shour, i like best szechwan in the same mall as jiang-nan.

              for cantonese bao - any good dimsum house should have them - hargow, scallop dumplings as well. Try 888 seafood or any of the other multitude discussed here forever.

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                TakoHime Mar 9, 2007 05:40 PM

                I say Noodle House on Santa anita/Las tunas in Arcadia or Dumpling 10053 in El monte on Garvey.

                1. Bon Vivant Mar 10, 2007 07:49 AM

                  Get thee to Luscious Dumpling. Their pork soup dumplings are really good.

                  An added bonus is that they open at 11 am and if you get there right about then you can walk right in. The only bad part is that if you get there late (1 pm) a lot of the menu items won't be available.

                  Photos below:

                  http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot....

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                  1. re: Bon Vivant
                    Dr. Debs Mar 10, 2007 06:40 PM

                    Totally agree with Bon Vivant. Thanks to her I am a LD addict, and couldn't be happier! Pan fried pork dumplings are the best, especially if washed down with szechuan pork/pickle noodle soup!

                  2. k
                    KIYOSHI Mar 10, 2007 04:45 PM

                    The best boiled dumplings and pan fried dumplings are at Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City (on the corner of Las Tunas and Primrose - across from Bank of America)

                    Let me know what you think!!

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                      KIYOSHI Mar 13, 2007 10:06 AM

                      Went to ' Dumpling House ' over the weekend ... thought it was just " OK "

                      1. ronnie_gaucho Mar 13, 2007 03:53 PM

                        dumb question:

                        ANy decent dumplings downtown or west of?

                        not holding my breath...

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