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Jan 15, 2008 08:24 PM

Best non-xiao lum bao dumplings?

Where can I get the best non-xiao lum bao dumplings? I mean Shandong/Northern Chinese dumplings. Thick skin, juicy filling... mmm
Any non-Chinese recommendations? like Korean or other Asian?

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  1. Believe it or not, my favorite "non-XLB" bao are the pork+veggie bao purchased from the bakery at 99 Ranch Market in San Gabriel (4 big bao in each box). Tasty as heck, and they reheat really nicely.

    p.s. I'm assuming that by using the word "dumplings", you are actually referring to "bao zhe", and not "jiao zhe".

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    1. re: J.L.

      I like the boa form my 99Ranch in Sherman Oaks. Same ones, I guess.

    2. Luscious Dumplings.

      By the way, a point of semantics. Xiao long boa are not dumplings. Dumplings are dumplings. Xiao long boa are, well, xiao long boa.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Semantics, semantics. The way I see it, XLB's are not bao either, despite their names. But shouldn't dumplings be a generic term referring to meat and/or veggies wrapped in dough?

        1. re: PeterL

          "But shouldn't dumplings be a generic term referring to meat and/or veggies wrapped in dough?"



          Because there are things like "jiou tsai hu-tzse" or what might be described best as Chinese empanadas -- and they are definitely not considered dumplings by any stretch of the imagination. Neither are won tons for that matter.

          I mean, after all, you wouldn't lump tacos, burritos, gorditas, taquitos as basically all variations of the burrito right? E.g., meat and/or veggies with tortilla wrapping.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            jiou tsai hu-tze are what i would call dumplings too. since they're made with the same pei as the smaller dumplings. at least that's how my mom makes them...

            1. re: lakeshow318

              "jiou tsai hu-tsze" are not "jiou-tsze" (or dumplings).

          2. re: PeterL

            Dumplings is too generic of a term because the Chinese are have specific names for them. The problem comes from the fact that "dumpling" is a generic English term. Another analogy from the Chinese point of view would be bread. We have baugette, kaiser rolls, dinner rolls, croissant, 7-grain, French, rye, sliced, etc. In Chinese, they are simply called "mian bao". There is no differentiation at all, but to Americans, the breads are completely different from one another.

            1. re: PeterL

              uh, except for the fact that the "B" in XLB stands for Bao...

              1. re: PeterL

                Just a warning-- we've had the dumplings-semantics argument before!


                Mr Taster

            2. Try the steamed or pan-fried dumplings at Szechwan restaurant, on Washington Blvd a couple of blocks west of Lincoln (next to the Chabad center). The rest of the menu is sort of old school Chineseish, but tasty nonetheless. It's were I go if I don't feel like driving out to SGV.

              1. Mandarin Noodle Deli on Las Tunas in Temple City makes good, pan friend dumplings. Their menu consists of Northern Chinese fare and is full of great things!

                1. I'd recommend Dumpling House in Temple City.
                  Here are some reviews of Northern-style restaurants:

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                  1. re: raytamsgv

                    sweeet! thanks! i'll be trying those. all of them.

                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      big fan of dumpling house overe here. their jiao zhi's (dumplings) and cho yiou bings (green onion pancakes) are fantastic.

                      1. re: raytamsgv

                        Woo-if you go to Dumpling House be sure to try their scallion pancakes. I personally think they have the best ones!