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Favorite dumplings (by type)?

ipsedixit Aug 26, 2008 03:10 PM

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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    sidwich Aug 27, 2008 01:49 PM

    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

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      Chandavkl Aug 27, 2008 11:35 AM

      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

      4 Replies
      1. re: Chandavkl
        Diana Aug 27, 2008 12:37 PM

        now tomato and egg sounds very intriguing!

        1. re: Diana
          Chandavkl Aug 27, 2008 12:59 PM

          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
          ipsedixit Aug 27, 2008 02:51 PM

          I believe the beef dumplings at 10053 have been discontinued.

          Or have they brought it back?

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Chandavkl Aug 27, 2008 10:01 PM

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

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          Red4Mit Aug 27, 2008 09:13 AM

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

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            Diana Aug 27, 2008 08:03 AM

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

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            1. re: Diana
              tanspace Aug 27, 2008 10:00 PM

              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.

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              chowmominLA Aug 27, 2008 04:56 AM

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

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                exilekiss Aug 26, 2008 09:58 PM

                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
                  Porthos Aug 27, 2008 09:02 AM

                  Agreed. The fish dumplings at Noodle House are spectacular.

                2. notmartha Aug 26, 2008 07:09 PM

                  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. monku Aug 26, 2008 06:46 PM

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

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                    1. re: monku
                      notmartha Aug 26, 2008 07:05 PM

                      Not a dumpling. It's good though.

                    2. raytamsgv Aug 26, 2008 04:55 PM

                      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.

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