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Searching for the Best Xiaolongbao (Soup Dumplings)???

I'm I haven't had these since the last time I was in Manhattan at Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street. A buddy and I were reminiscing about them the other day and were wondering where we might find good soup dumplings in LA. Please help!!!

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  1. Here you go, a previous post ... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359048

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Go with the gold standard of recs - Ipsedixit's posting above just about says it all... and if you drop by Mei Long Village, get the pork pump as well...

      1. re: bulavinaka

        I really like the House Fried Rice (shrimp) at Mei Long Village and so I would go there. If it were just for the dumplings I would go to Din Tai Fung. You mention pork pump. What other selections are a must have at Mei Long Village? I really want to get to know this place.

        Mei Long Village (Shanghai style dumplings, aka, “soup dumplings” and the House Fried Rice
        “shrimp”)
        301 West Valley Blvd., #112
        San Gabriel
        626-308-9238

        Din Tai Fung Dumpling House (#50, Juicy Pork Dumplings – 10pcs $6.75, & #53, Shrimp & Pork Dumplings – 10 pcs $7.25)
        1108 South Baldwin Avenue
        Arcadia,California 91007
        (626)574-7068
        http://www.dintaifungusa.com/en/en_co...
        Mon to Fri 11:00 - 2:30 & 5 - 9:30
        Sat 10:30- 2:30 & 5 - 9:30
        Sun 10:30 - 2:30 & 5 - 9:00

        1. re: JeetJet

          To me Mei Long has the most flavorful dumplings I drive from the valley 2-3 times a month . You have to get the lions head meatballs !!! trust me on this one.. they are balls of savory goodness. Their won ton noodles are also very very good , house pork pump, their spicy beef noodle soup, spare ribs, jade shrimp etc.... I really could go on and on, I love this place I start with 2 orders of XLB everytime I go.

          1. re: wizardx

            Thanks for the wish list. You are correct, the dumplings at Mei Long Village are most flavorful. I would say even a little bold. The vegie dumplings are waaay bold. Like bulavinaka says about the flavor expectations for the jade shrimp, when I opened the vegie dumplings to allow steam to escape and saw the deep green inside I expected a rich spinach flavor. Once I ate one I was overcome with a bold flavor which had, maybe had, a subtle raddish flavor within it?? What I liked about Din Tai Fung was the dumplings were more mild in flavor and had no after taste later in the day. However, when me eat at Mei Long Village there is always some dish at the table next to me that keeps my nose and eyes turning toward it. I also like the seating arraingement more at Mei Long Village just a little more private because of the "L" shape of the dinning room.

            I think a seperate post just for Mei Long Village stating all the items that are a must try , and explaining why, is a good idea. Then other Hounds can chim-in as well. My son will soon open a office on Valley Blvd. and needs a lunch list for client development. Also, I will be having lunch with him at Mei Long Village often and want to know more about that menu. Please consider doing such a post and add the part about, ". I really could go on and on, I love this place." BTW, we start with 2 orders of XLB also.

          2. re: JeetJet

            I think Wizardx pretty much covered it... some have been luke warm on the jade shrimp - maybe it's the vivid green that takes the mind in one direction in terms of flavor expectations (maybe one is expecting a Shanghai version of pesto) but it's a much more delicate dish in the end. We also enjoy the Shanghai rice cakes w/ pork. The sliced rice cakes' texture goes so well with the sauce and pork.

      2. where do you live?

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        1. re: peterboy

          I'm in Van Nuys, but I will take the drive for some delicious soup dumplings... it's been so long!

        2. OK, I'm going to be in the minority. There's a small little place in Montebello called Kuan's Dumplings. In an abandoned strip mall, there are only three places left in business, and Kuan's is one of them. They have a XLB special of buy one, get one free. On weekdays for dinner, it's buy one, get two free. It's a little below the quality of Din Tai Fung, but can I tell you, it's WAY CHEAPER!!!!! I bought 400 frozen XLB from this place and placed them in plastic baggies and handed them out as Xmas presents to my friends, and one Saturday a few weeks later, half of them were at the restaurant eating more of them.

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          1. re: nomo_fan

            Can you be a little more specific on the abandoned strip mall location? Also, what other dishes do you recommend?

          2. Pearl's in Monterey Park is good too. They are in the same center as Sam Woo, (On Garvey, east of Atlantic) in the corner next to the hair salon. XLB is yummy there. Their specialty is the fried dumplings though.

            1. Kuan's is located at 2809 Via Campo #A in Montebello.
              The weird strip mall is located on the corner of Garfield and Via Campo.
              It's a bit hidden behind some other stores and next to a car dealership.

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              1. re: nomo_fan

                I agree. Kuan's is cheap and good.

                There's also a small little place that has good xiaolongbao in the same plaza as Vietnam House / Phoenix Inn Cafe on Las Tunas and Mission.

                And there's a pretty good shanghai food place where Golden Deli is.

                1. re: nickorp

                  That would be Luscious Dumpling, but they do not serve xiaolongbao. They serve a variety of other types of dumplings, which were excellent.

                  http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

              2. I tried my first XLB a few months back at Mei Long Village and Dragon Mark. Just tried J&J last weekend. Din Tai Fung is next on the list (I am so not looking forward to waiting an hour!) I think I like Mei Long's the best. A lot of people say that Mei Long and J&J are right up there but I honestly did not like J&J last weekend. There was a lot more soup, but Mei Long's tasted a lot better.

                1. Din Tai Fung. But, you will have to get there and line up before the doors open. They sell out in the first hour. Worth the wait!

                  Din Tai Fung
                  1108 South Baldwin Avenue Arcadia,California 91007
                  (626)574-7068 (no reservations)
                  Monday to Friday Lunch 11:00AM - 2:30PM Dinner 5PM - 9:30PM
                  Saturday Lunch 10:30AM - 2:30PM Dinner 5PM - 9:30PM
                  Sunday Lunch 10:30AM - 2:30PM Dinner 5PM - 9:00PM
                  www.dintaifungusa.com

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                  1. re: ashlee

                    No no no ... they don't sell out XLB in the first hour. They sell out the extra-soupy special "tang xiao long bao" in the first hour, on weekends, the only time they sell them. But definitely worth the trip for XLB regardless of whether you manage to get those.

                    1. re: QualityMart

                      You are correct. A good lesson for me...never type on an empty stomach! :)

                      1. re: ashlee

                        Well I'll add that I have missed the TXLB two times now by less than 30 minutes, and really want to try them!

                    2. re: ashlee

                      i have yet to witness DTF sell out of food as they have folks making the xlb's real time throughout lunch and dinner service. maybe the tang bao QM mentioned above.....but not the regular xlb's.

                      that being said, the xlb's at DTF are a bit too refined for me,therefore, i prefer the rustic version at mei long village.

                    3. I love MLV! I think that the dumplings are amazing, as are lots of the other dishes. Gosh, I am starting to get a dumpling craving again....
                      http://rantsnravesnreviews.blogspot.c...

                      1. If you'd like to see photos, check out:

                        Mei Long Village
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

                        J&J
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

                        Hope you find the pics useful!

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                        1. re: pleasurepalate

                          Does anyone know about "xiao mei", encountered a couple of people who recommended this place.

                          1. re: Sgee

                            Do you mean Shau Mei? There's quite a few of them in the SGV, but they are Taiwanese joints. No XLB.