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

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks - didn't know the XLB lingo!

      1. re: markethej

        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

          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?

    2. J&J on Valley Blvd. by Del Mar

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      1. re: WHills

        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. Luscious Dumpling!

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

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        1. re: Bon Vivant

          Not for XLB.

          1. re: ipsedixit

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

            http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

            1. re: Bon Vivant

              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

                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

                  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

                    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).

                    http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

                    1. re: Bon Vivant

                      Death by Dumplings!

                      LOL!

            2. Dumpling Master. Go for the fish dumplings.

              1. 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

                  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.

                2. 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.