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Mei Long Village...beyond Xiao Long Bao

Ciao Bob Mar 18, 2007 10:03 PM

MLV gets such high praise in these parts for their XLB, which I like well enough, but are nowhere near as good as many I have had in Asia.
But, man-o-man, the rest of food there just rocks.
Me and 3 friends had a sepectacular meal tonight.
Fish Head Casserole, Lion's Head Meatballs, Jade Shrimp, Shanghai Noodle Soup, Lamb w/Scallions were all absolutely fantastic.

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    PandanExpress Mar 20, 2007 11:22 AM

    I agree. Their XLB is tasty but doesn't compare to the ones you can get in Shanghai.

    Next time you're at Mei Long and you're not afraid of a little fat, try the braised pork rump. I think it's actually "Pork Hump" on the menu. It's this big piece of pork (the rump, I assume?) that's braised in some sort of soy sauce. The last time we got it, it was so tender that the meat practically fell off the bone when the waiter plopped it on our table. The whole thing just melts in your mouth. As my mother would say, "It is delicio!"

    One thing I would advise against is the "squirrel fish" if you're craving authentic Shanghainese squirrel fish. The fish wasn't bad, but it wasn't what we were expecting. The sauce was really heavy on the vinegar and my parents thought it tasted nothing like the "squirrel fish" they remembered. The fish in Mei Long was more like deep fried fish prepared like sweet and sour pork.

    11 Replies
    1. re: PandanExpress
      ipsedixit Mar 20, 2007 11:29 AM

      I think the pork butt, ahem, I mean the pork rump at Lake Spring (in Monterey Park) is the best around.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        eatdrinknbmerry Mar 20, 2007 01:17 PM

        is that the shanghai place? it's a ham hock/leg w/ bone right?

        1. re: ipsedixit
          eatdrinknbmerry Mar 20, 2007 01:18 PM

          on garvey?

          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
            ipsedixit Mar 20, 2007 01:24 PM

            Yes, on Garvey. Full address below.

            Lake Spring Shanghai Restaurant (上海錢塘春)
            219 E. Garvey Ave.
            Monterey Park
            626-280-3571

            No bone. Just pure pork butt. It's a really savory dish.

            Sort of reminds me of what culatello would be like if it was braised, instead of cured.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              eatdrinknbmerry Mar 20, 2007 01:29 PM

              hey how do you find the chinese words for all your places? i like that haha. i want to start adding them to my blog postings. anyway, yes that pork is AWESOME. Garvey certainly has nice Chinese restaurants. Ever been to Seafood Village (Bei Fung Tang)?

              Along with Ciao Bob's message, I'll have to visit again for a family style meal. I'm a noodle whore and can never order anything else other than beef noodle soup, XLB, etc.

              1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                ipsedixit Mar 20, 2007 01:47 PM

                I love Seafood Village, but I prefer the one in Temple City on Las Tunas.

                Seafood Village Restaurant (避風塘潮粵海鮮酒家)
                9669 Las Tunas Dr.
                Temple City
                626-286-2299

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                  everangel Mar 20, 2007 03:03 PM

                  The crab @ Seafood Village is a MUST eat!

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                  Chandavkl Mar 20, 2007 02:28 PM

                  Go to the Chinese Yellow Pages, where they list Chinese restaurants by city.

                  http://chineseypage.com/rest/city-la.htm

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    eatdrinknbmerry Mar 20, 2007 03:06 PM

                    yes, the garlic crab with 2 bulbs of fried garlic, chilis and scallions. i can eat that solely over rice.

                    ah- thanks for the essential link. now there is a way to distinguish all the Chinese restaurants that start out with the word 'Seafood'. Seafood World, Seafood Town, Seafood Universe, Seafood Planet.

                    1. re: eatdrinknbmerry
                      ipsedixit Mar 20, 2007 04:43 PM

                      Actually the special house fish soup (served table side with its own chafing dish) is the real star at Seafood Village.

                      Crab is good as well.

          2. re: PandanExpress
            Ciao Bob Mar 20, 2007 12:17 PM

            Love that dish. I was talking about it with the owner/waiter. If you call two days in advance they make an even more special version of this dish called "House Special Pork Pump" that is "preserved overnight [I assume that means brined] then steamed and served with a white sauce." He told me it is delicious and I aim to find out soon!

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