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Where to get Soup Dumplings in OC?

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irishkevbo Jul 10, 2008 04:22 PM

I must have them, where do I go?

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  1. kingkong5 RE: irishkevbo Jul 10, 2008 04:49 PM

    you're going to need to go to Arcadia or SGV. Not much in the OC. There are places that will serve them (Sam Woo, China Garden, etc.), but if your experience is like mine, you will be sorely disappointed.

    Try Din Tai Fung, Mei Long Village, or any of the other suggestions you'll get if you do a search for xiao long bao.

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      exilekiss RE: kingkong5 Jul 10, 2008 05:18 PM

      Totally agree.

      irishkevbo, if you want *good* Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings), drive up to the San Gabriel Valley. :)

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        Professor Salt RE: exilekiss Jul 11, 2008 10:32 AM

        I'll third the suggestion to go to Din Tai Fung, Mei Long Village, et al.

        If you absolutely have to keep it in the OC, head over the Irvine's Chinatown area. Ay Chung Noodle has it on their menu. Expect it to take 20 minutes from the time you order. China Garden will make it during dim sum service on the weekends only. It's not something you can order at CG; they sporadically make a batch and it spawns from time to time throughout the morning. Don't quote me on it, but I think Tri Village also makes soup dumplings.

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        China Garden
        4790 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620

        Tri Village
        14121 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92620

        Ay Chung Noodle
        5406 Walnut Ave, C Irvine, CA

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      justagthing RE: irishkevbo Jul 10, 2008 09:14 PM

      Not quite OC, but on the border, in Cerritos/Artesia area, there are a few places that you can get them.
      Caanan on South St.
      Shanghai Style Restaurant on Pioneer

      1. elmomonster RE: irishkevbo Jul 11, 2008 02:50 PM

        In Fullerton, California Asian Bistro does em.

        http://monstermunching.com

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          Das Ubergeek RE: elmomonster Aug 4, 2008 09:18 PM

          I just went to CAB last night and had them.

          Meh.

          I actually really liked the other food we had there (whatever they decided to call bo luc lac -- it came across as "red cooked beef" in Chinese -- and ong choy with garlic) but the dumplings had that kind of "old ground pork" flavour.

          Funnily, I found the dumplings because I was looking at Chinese names (it's hopeless to try and read an English menu if you're looking for a particular dish), and sure enough, it said 上海小籠包 next to "Shanghai steamed pork dumplings". When I ordered, the waitress mentioned that we ate like Chinese people.

          Odd.

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          Wonginator RE: irishkevbo Aug 4, 2008 04:15 PM

          Chef Chen's in Irvine has them, as "steamed mini pork buns" on the menu.

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          Chef Chen's Restaurant
          5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

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