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Din Tai Fung Alternative?

markethej Apr 10, 2007 09:30 PM

I really like the the famous juicy pork dumplings at Din Tai Fung, but would love to find an alternative. The place is a little anglicized and the menu is limiting. Would love to find a great authentic dumpling house! Oh- a little guidance on what to order would be great too!

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    lakeshow318 Apr 11, 2007 10:00 PM

    Walk out the door of Din Tai Fung, turn left and go to the strip mall next door. Go to "Chang's Garden" on the far corner of that complex and enjoy superior, more authentic Xiao Lum Bao. Plus, the place serves other darn good Shanghainese dishes.

    Personally, I don't find the xiao lum bao at Din Tai Fung to be good or authentic Shanghainese style. To each his/her own, as plenty of people seem to find theirs good.

    If in the Southbay, try Shanghai Palace on PCH, between Crenshaw and Hawthorne.

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      yum4fun Apr 11, 2007 01:35 PM

      I like Mei Long Village.

      Anyone know if Dragon Mark is still good? I noticed the last time that they have cut their restaurant space in half. :(

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      1. re: yum4fun
        CookieEater Apr 12, 2007 09:39 AM

        I did Mei Long Village to-go, but noticed that the "black vinegar" they provided seemed way too acidic for black vinegar. I am pretty sure they water down the black vinegar with some white vinegar. Yick.

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        takecake Apr 10, 2007 10:17 PM

        Dumpling Master. Go for the fish dumplings.

        1. Bon Vivant Apr 10, 2007 10:14 PM

          Luscious Dumpling!

          See pix of food: http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot....

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          1. re: Bon Vivant
            ipsedixit Apr 10, 2007 10:16 PM

            Not for XLB.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Bon Vivant Apr 10, 2007 10:20 PM

              They most certainly have soup dumplings - every day, not just on weekends.


              1. re: Bon Vivant
                ipsedixit Apr 11, 2007 11:19 AM

                Sorry, my friend, but Luscious Dumplings does NOT have XLB.

                They have boiled and pan-fried dumplings, but not XLB.

                By the way, Luscious Dumplings is CLOSED until this Friday (on vacation) ... so don't anyone read this and head out there expecting to get dumplings in the next couple of days.

                1. re: Bon Vivant
                  raytamsgv Apr 11, 2007 01:41 PM

                  The dumplings are very tasty, but they are not XLB. They are are particular type of shui jiao (literally "water dumpling"). The juicy dumplings at Din Tai Fung are xiao long bao. The Chinese characters are different on the menus.

                  1. re: Bon Vivant
                    zack Apr 11, 2007 05:30 PM

                    they're not xlb, but rather steamed dumplings. they're supposed to have a little soup inside but i find it inconsistent there. not one of luscious' stronger menu items.

                    1. re: zack
                      Bon Vivant Apr 11, 2007 07:26 PM

                      Sorry, guys, I just thought "soup dumplings" = XLB at LD. I'll take my punishment: put me up against a wall and pelt me with several orders of juicy dumplings (please).


                      1. re: Bon Vivant
                        ipsedixit Apr 11, 2007 08:26 PM

                        Death by Dumplings!


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                WHills Apr 10, 2007 10:09 PM

                J&J on Valley Blvd. by Del Mar

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                1. re: WHills
                  CookieEater Apr 12, 2007 09:35 AM

                  What happened to J&J? After reading all this I just tried to go yesterday (the 11th) and it seemed closed for renovation. But the signs were all in Chinese. Anyone know when they'll reopen? I'm anxious to try.

                  I ended up going to Mei Long Village (which I'm not complaining about!) but I'd like to try both.
                  Plus Beard Papa for dessert. yum yum!

                2. ipsedixit Apr 10, 2007 09:40 PM

                  See my prior post here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359048

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    markethej Apr 10, 2007 10:05 PM

                    Thanks - didn't know the XLB lingo!

                    1. re: markethej
                      azibo Apr 10, 2007 10:35 PM

                      After trying all three of the most well known XLBs now (D.T.F., Mei Long Village, and J&J), I have to say that I like Mei Long Village the most. Very juicy inside (J&J lacked enough juice), the skin is more rustic (Mei Long Village and J&J are more rustic, Din Tai Fung is very delicate), and overall taste is most delicious, in my opinion. Although, I am very interested still in trying J&J's braised pork with tofu skins mentioned on some other thread (they were out when I went, unfortunately).

                      1. re: azibo
                        dynamike Apr 11, 2007 10:57 PM

                        I noticed a similar problem with J&J...

                        Aside from tasting "off", over half of the dumplings I ordered had no soup in them. Anyone else have this problem there?

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