I had my first soup dumpling in nyc this past holiday and now I can't stop thinking about Joe Shanghai....
Any place in Los Angeles doing these beauties?
lots of banter on soup dumplings. do a search using the tags:
"xiao long bao"
and you'll find a lot of material to peruse.
A lot of people like Din Tai Fung for XLB. I think their XLB is good, but nothing spectacular. I did not like their other dishes, though. Their noodles were boring and bland to me. But if you want to try anyway, here's the place.
Din Tai Fung
1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
I personally like buying the frozen Wei Chuan ones from 99 Ranch and making them at home myself.
My favorites - and I've eaten a lot of soup dumplings here, in NYC (I don't think Joe's Shanghai are very good) and all over China (I lived in Hong Kong for 11 years) - are to be found at J&J Shanghai, 301 W. Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel. (Just a couple of blocks west of Del Mar Ave.) In the same shopping center, Mei Long Village also has good soup dumplings, as does the small cafe next to J&J that I can't recall the name of. On the menu they are usually referred to, in English, as "juicy pork dumplings." At J&J, try both the pork dumplings and the pork and crab dumplings. Both are excellent.
I too am a big fan of XLB and tried Joe Shanghai's version (Chinatown branch) a few years ago. I found that the soup in their dumplings tasted very greasy and the skin of the dumplings were way too thick. Of course, I am partial to the gossamer-thin skins at the Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung (if you hold them up to the light, you can see the soup through the skin). However I can attest to the fact that DTF's version is not very authentic as I spent a week in Shanghai last year, ate a ton of XLB, and all were of the doughy, Joe's Shanghai variety (though not as greasy).
re: snooze button
can't imagine one place would have both. BUT
after the xlb go across the street to the yunnanese place on garfield and get "crossing-bridge- noodles" guoqiao mifen. I don't know what their peculiar translation would be. It' s basically chinese pho.
Yui Gui Garden (should be yun gui)
301 North Garfield Ave.
Thanks to everyone and their thoughts.
I did go to Joe Shanghai in chinatown-NYC then later to the Manhattan location which wasn't nearly as tasty as the chinatown version and since this was my first time eating them; it just seemed like a bun of heaven to me.
Now that I am at home I will be indulging in soup dumplings galore around socal.