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Favorite dumplings (by type)?

Lots of discussion of dumplings of late, with lots of banter about which places serve the "best dumplings" etc.

But lets focus a bit and instead of making a blanket recommendation for "dumplings" how about we break it dow based on the type of filling?

I'll start.

PORK. Luscious Dumplings

FISH. Dumpling House (and Kingburg Kitchen based on Chandavkl's recommendation)

SEAFOOD (non-fish). Dumpling 10053 (the squid and scallops dumplings)

BEEF. ??

VEGETABLE. Earthen and Dumpling House

PAN-FRIED (pork). Luscious Dumplings

MISC. 101 Noodle Express (pumpkin and shrimp dumpling)

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  1. Pork: Dumpling House (steamed)
    Fish: Dumpling House
    Pan Fried (pork): Luscious Dumplings
    Misc: 101 Noodle Express (pumpkin and shrimp). I think this tastes great, and I generally hate eating shrimp.

    1. Beef? Does that Shandong-style beef roll at 101 Noodle Express qualify?

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      1. re: monku

        Not a dumpling. It's good though.

      2. PORK. Luscious Dumplings steamed pork (with juice inside, kind of close cousin to xlb) or Earthen's steam pork

        FISH. Earthen or Din Tai Fung's steamed fish (I guess I'll get shot for this)

        SEAFOOD (non-fish). Doesn't the shrimp & pumpkin at 101 count? If not, none.

        BEEF. None. Yuck.

        VEGETABLE. No thanks.

        PAN-FRIED (pork). Earthen's potstickers or Luscious (pork & sole)

        MISC. 101 Noodle Express (pumpkin and shrimp dumpling) - only dumplings I'll order there

        1. Hi ipsedixit,

          Nice topic. :) Here are my votes for favorite Dumplings:

          * PORK (including variations, e.g., Pork w/ Leeks, Pork w/ Celery, etc.): Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan). 2nd: 101 Noodle Express' Hwei Hsiang Miao (Hua Vegetable Pork Dumpling).

          * FISH: Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan)

          * SEAFOOD: Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan) - Shrimp with Tofu Dumpling (So light and airy! :)

          * BEEF: No thanks. :P

          * VEGETABLE: Dumpling 10053

          * PAN-FRIED: Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan)'s Pork Dumpling w/ String Bean. (Tie) 101 Noodle Express.

          Dumpling 10053
          10053 Valley Blvd Ste 2, El Monte, CA 91731

          Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan)
          958 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

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          1. re: exilekiss

            Agreed. The fish dumplings at Noodle House are spectacular.

          2. Damn... reading everyone's posts made me realize I've been to all the right places but ordered all the wrong things.

            1. What about non-chinese dumplings, like mantu and such?

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              1. re: Diana

                Do you mean "mandu" or "mandoo", as in Korean-style dumplings or "mantou" as in Chinese style buns? Actually the "mandu" word came from the words "mantou" by mistake when Korea was first introduced to dumplings and the name stuck.

                It would be interesting to find home-made mandu places as these are not as common. Places that sell mandu-gu (dumpling soup) may have them but oftentimes these are from the grocery store packaged kind.

              2. CHICKEN: Pun Klib (Saladang in Pasadena). Beyond delicious, and unable to find at any other Thai restaurant!

                1. Chicken - Cha For Tea

                  Beef - Dumpling 10053

                  Fish (boiled) - Qingdao

                  Fish (pan fried) - Delicious Delicious

                  Tofu - Happy Happy

                  Discontinued dumpling hall of fame

                  Scallop - Dumpling 10053

                  Tomato and egg - East Dumpling King

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                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    now tomato and egg sounds very intriguing!

                    1. re: Diana

                      Yes, I believe it's a Beijing specialty. East Dumpling King changed hands a couple of years ago and while they kept the name for the restaurant, the menu changed and the tomato and egg variety was gone. I haven't been back there in a few months so I don't know what might be on the menu right now.

                    2. re: Chandavkl

                      I believe the beef dumplings at 10053 have been discontinued.

                      Or have they brought it back?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        You may be right. I've been focusing on the fish dumplings there the last few visits.

                    3. Pork: Noodle House's pork and leek

                      Seafood: Dumpling 10053

                      Fish: Earthen

                      Veggie: Dumpling 10053 (grandma's is still J&J)

                      Potsticker: J&J

                      Other: Noodle House shrimp and tofu