After lurking for several months and getting several excellent recommendations (Thanks!) from this board I want to make my own contribution.
I finally made it to Mei Long Village (301 W Valley Blvd, #112) in San Gabriel last night for some Shanghai cuisine. Yesterday afternoon I read a couple of reviews of the soup dumplings that were making my mouth water so I drove right down there after work.
Unfortunately since I was by myself I didn't get to taste as many things as I would have liked but what I had was very good. The shrimp and pork soup dumplings were indeed amazing. Lots of juice and perfect flavor. Mmmm, the memory is making my mouth water now! I also had some "greens and beancurd soup", which was a clear broth with chopped firm collard-like greens (chi-tai?) and strips of pork and soft tofu). I liked this soup alot - I had four bowls!
I had a great waiter, named Steven, who is from Shanghai but spoke excellent English. This is such a rarity in San Gabriel that I took full advantage and he was happy to write out the name of the Chinese vegetable in the soup and recommend other dishes on the menu as being particulary good and representative of Shanghai.
Here's his list...
Salted Pork and Bamboo Shoot Casserole
Three Cup Chicken
Pork Pump [Rump] in Brown Sauce
Braised Beancurd Sheet Stuffed with Pork
Braised Fish Tail
Sauteed Finless Eel with Leeks
Jelly Fish with Green Onion
Preserved Vegetables with Beancurd Sheet and Peas
Chinese Squash with Crab
Broad Bean with Green Onion
Pork Chop with Green Onion Noodle Soup
Shanghai Steamed Dumpling
Crab and Pork Steamed Dumpling
Steamed Vegetable Dumpling
Pan Fried Dumpling
This is an old fave of Martin (my s.o.) I'm from Louisiana and moved to California years ago. Martin(native) introduced this to me. They are so polite and helpful there. For years this has been the only place he gets vegetarian dumplings. I have actually seen him eat two whole orders in one sitting!
I have a variety of things but have never tried that soup and can't wait to go back to do so. He is so into those dumplings that I rarely get a chance to see what else is good. Thanks for the list.
Another place he likes in that same area is Yama on Main St. in Alhambra. I love their Miso soup. It's the best I've ever had. Their tempura is also the lightest and crispest I've ever had the pleasure to encounter. Upstairscafe.
I'll vouch for the pork rump in brown sauce and steamed vegetable dumplings. The pork is cooked to the point of the meat falling right off the bone and practically melting in your mouth. One other dish that was always a fave with my fam that I didn't see on the list was a cod or seabass filet cooked in a somewhat sweet but mostly spicy red sauce, then placed on a bed of fresh, hand-made noodles cooked to chewy perfection. You mix the fish and sauce with the noodles, divvy it up in rice bowls, then slurp it all up to your heart's content. It was a delightful dish, and one I hope is still on the menu, as I haven't been to Mei Long Village in awhile.
Most excellent! :) Call me next time
you go. Actually, you can buy
your own soup dumplings from a woman
in Monterey Park who makes them at home
and freezes them. Just pop them into
your pot, boil and add dark vinegar,
soy sauce, green onions, cilantro into
your bowl and spoon some of the water
you boiled the dumplings into your bowl
with the dumplings. Its a winter dish
though... way too hot in Pasadena right
re: Pat Hammond
The waiter actually pointed out that the jelly fish was particularly good. He said that it was made from the "head" so it is nice and crispy. I'm assuming he meant the non-tentacle/body since jelly fish really don't have much of a head per se. Oh well, by far not the worst translation inacurracy I've encountered eating in San Gabriel. :)
re: Lisa T
Actually, there's two kinds of jellyfish at Mei Long. One is made from the head; one is made from the tentacles. My wife and I decided about a year ago that the tentacle one was better, although I forgot the reason. I echo the posters on the pork pump: the meat falls right off the bone, and is just great! Also the steamed vegetable dumplings are very good. The xiao long baozi (little juicy buns) are very good; just like in Shanghai.