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Aug 24, 2007 05:52 PM

best dumplings and scallion pancakes

Since "Mandarin Deli" closed both locations (in Chinatown and in Little Tokyo) I feel a huge sadness in chow department. It was my favorite comfort food. What places would you, chowhounds, recommend? Is there still a "Mandarin Deli" in Monterey Park - it was mentioned on the same business card and was under same management (ownership)? I live in Hollywood and don't want to drive to Earthen in Hacienda Heights which was highly praised by Jonathan Gold in the latest LA Weekly issue.
Any suggestions?

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  1. i like J&J on Valley Blvd for both.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Agree with this - J&J has great renditions of both.

        1. re: marinak

          Here you go. Also, here's my blog link so you can see some pictures of the XLB.

          J & J Restaurant
          301 W Valley Blvd Ste 109, San Gabriel, CA 91776

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Thanks, SauceSupreme! I'll check them out.

    2. There is a Mandarin Deli in Rowland Heights and in Northridge.

      Dumpling House in Rosemead on Rosemead Blvd. has the best scallion pancakes and super boiled dumplings. I'm not a big fan of their deep-fried dumplings though.

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      1. re: WHills

        I agree, Dumpling House has great scallion pancakes - we just had them tonight, in fact. I don't know if this is bad behavior or not but I like to put a piece of their kim chee on top and take a bite - I find the contrast in flavors and textures makes it all the better. Also, we usually have the steamed pork dumplings and those are very good, also. We're not big on the fried ones, either.

        1. re: monkuboy

          The best part is that the kim chee is free.

        2. re: WHills

          I second that recommendation, although I prefer the steamed dumplings myself. They have pretty good fish dumplings, too. Just make sure you go to the Dumpling House in Temple City instead of the one in Arcadia: they're completely different restaurants. If you have kids, they can feed the koi while you wait for the food.

          1. re: raytamsgv

            Dumpling House was recommended by JGold in his book "Counter Intelligence". Although the book was published in 2000 and, as we all know, restaurants come and go, unfortunately. Or change owners - when Mandarin Deli in Chinatown changed owners, the menu stayed the same, but the quality of food, alas, did not!
            Thanks for your recommendations, Hounds!

        3. Mandarin Deli in Northridge is not that hard to get to and the scallion pancakes are worth the trip as you know---don't forget the cold tofu salad!

          1. I share your sorrow about the closing of the downtown Mandarin Deli. I've been disappointed with the dumplings at the Mandarin Deli in Northridge. I'm a vegetarian so I only eat the steamed vegetable dumplings which were divine at the Little Tokyo branch but I've found the steamed veggie dumplings at 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra are a close second. You can see pics at

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              1. re: marinak

                There's a Mandarin Deli in Temple City as well.

                Also, have you ever actually tried the scallion pancakes at Earthen? Or are you just going on faith by what JGold wrote? If it's the latter, I can tell you that Earthen's version are not all that spectacular. They're fine, but nothing to lose sleep over. In fact the owners of Earthen were former owners of Shau Mei in Monterey Park, so they aren't doing anything special, nor reinventing the tried and true methods of frying kneaded dough in hot oil ....

                New Mandarin Noodle Deli
                9537 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Thanks, ipsedixit, although I usually trust JGold reviews, I had no inclination to schlep to Earthen anyway. You made it even easier!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    On the contrary, I thought the scallion pancakes at Earthen were very good. They're quite a bit different than those that I've had before. Very flavorful and surprisingly light, with just enough crispness and not laden with grease unlike the typical pancakes. Whatever it is, they're doing something right with the pancakes. We took some home and they were still pretty good the next day (not as good as fresh from the kitchen of course).

                    This from me, I'm not that big a fan of scallion pancakes in the first place. Still, as good as they were, it's not quite worth your spending an hour's drive in heavy traffic to go there.

              2. There's Mandarin Noodle House which is the same ownership (I think) as Mandarin Deli in Monterey Park, (as opposed to a place called "Mandarin Deli" in Monterey Park which has nothing to do with the closed Mandarin Delis). There was some discussion about this maybe a year or so back. It's an orange roofed building.

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                1. re: bfez

                  The Mandarin Noodle House in Monterey Park was indeed under the same ownership as the Mandarin Deli in chinatown, but have since sold the restaurant and opened a new one in Rosemead or Temple City from what I hear. The new owners have not changed the menu much, and I go there all the time for a quick dumpling and scallion pancake fix. It's easy to find on the NW corner of Garvey Ave and Chandler Ave.