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Dumplings suggestions ?

Trying to take our landlord for a traditional dumpling / pot stickers restaurant for her birthday (dinner).
Obviously its not about the fancy factor but about wonderful deliciousness.
Maybe Luscious Dumpling, J&J ???? Thoughts ???
I know there has been several posts in the past but if anyone could throw out a recommendation for a first time visit in the LA County area.
I vaguely remember an article on a dumpling house that made your dumplings from scratch - fresh to order, can you please jog my memory ??
Any help is highly appreciated. Many Thanks

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  1. Any dumpling place worth its pleated folds makes its dumplings from scratch.

    For dumplings, my top two recs for you would be either Luscious Dumpilngs or Dumpling 10053.

    Some people here really like Noodle House, but I find their dumplings to be bland and the skins flat and souless.

      1. Hi CZ 101,

        My vote would be for Noodle House (Mian Hsiang Yuan). Amazing Dumplings and Steamed Buns, all made-to-order when you order.

        I also like Dumpling 10053 for certain varieties that they carry, and their Steamed Taro and Pork Ribs dish (and Drunken Chicken). :)

        Enjoy!

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        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

          After your wonderful review exilekiss, earlier in the year my wife and i made the trek out to MP to eat at Noodle House. And it was totally awesome. handmade, when you order, and you can see them make it.

          Great place for dumplings.

          1. re: kingkong5

            Hi kingkong5,

            Thanks. I'm glad to hear you and the wife had a great meal. :)

          1. re: houndofmusic

            Kingburg: http://sinosoul.com/?p=367

            Also wrapped / steamed to order. But not bland like the other joint, and 2 of the finer varieties of dumplings in town (try the sole, or look for the other equally interesting flavor combination

            )

            For fresh XLB without the wait, Dean Sin World: http://tinyurl.com/59mpsm . Puts J&J/Mei Long to shame and you ALMOST get the feeling you're in an actual dumpling shack.

            1. re: TonyC

              Thanks for the help but I called Dean Sin World and the number is not in affect, are they still around ????

              1. re: CZ 101

                Yeah, I wondered the same thing because they have changed their restaurant hours several times.

                I once try to go on Sunday late afternoon, they were close by 5pm. Then the next visit, they close Sunday altogether. Maybe someone will have their updated info.

              2. re: TonyC

                A little news on Dean Sin World if anyone is planning to go. They were closed since October 20 because of vacation. There was a sign posted on the door stating the time period for return is sometime in December, but I went in on Saturday and they still were closed.

                I called the number listed on the door for info on the place and supposedly they will return after the new Year's. So if anyone is planning to visit Dean Sin World, it will be close until further notice or until the restaurant operator comes back from their "vacation".

                ps. You can purchase a pack of dumplings by calling the number listed on the door.

              3. re: houndofmusic

                I second Din Tai Fung. There's one in Arcadia.

                1. re: SmokeyDoke

                  I don't understand why anyone would recommend Din Tai Fung for dumplings.

                  It's like saying one should go to McDonald's for the chicken sandwich.

                  If you're going to go to Din Tai Fung for anything*, go for the XLB, not the dumplings.

                  (*And this is by no way a recommendation for the Din Tai Fung XLB.)

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Interesting... I've always thought that Din Tai Fung was overhyped, especially on Chowhound, but it seems to be the standard answer for dumplings, hence my post.

                    Personally DTF is overpriced but their crab dumplings are unique. I do like their XLB, they are the best I've ever had.

                    Personally, I'd recommend Yunnan Garden in Hacienda Heights, but it's so unknown and the dumplings are not on the menu. Or Happy Harbour in Rowland Heights, but I've only had dim sum, not sure if they sell all their dumplings during regular hours.

                    1. re: SmokeyDoke

                      i dare not speak for ipsedixit, but dumplings is such a broad term... usually we use it here for jiaozi - not for xiaolongbao nor dim sum specialties like har gow.

                      Crab XLB are pretty standard - Meilong Village and Giang-nan both have them.

                      1. re: SmokeyDoke

                        DTF is overrated.

                        And, yes, XLB are not dumplings.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          They aren't? I'm not an expert, we don't have a lot of dumplings in Vietnamese food besides won tons, but aren't XLB also called "soup dumplings" which makes them dumplings?

                          1. re: kingkong5

                            Well, yes and no. If you walked into a Chinese restaurant with "Dumpling" in the name, or which is otherwise known to be a dumpling restaurant, it probably won't serve XLB.

                            1. re: kingkong5

                              Do "hamburgers" have ham in them?

                              Are there dogs in a "hot dog"?

                              As an aside (in the category of "something's lost in translation") only Westerners refer to XLB as "soup dumplings".

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                dumplings in english can be stuffed or not stuffed. How do you translate or find word-for -word equivalents for baozi, jiaozi, guotie and oehr local variants. the dumplings of chicken and dumplings are close to mao erduo/cat's ears in shandong. are those dumplings?
                                i think this is a hard line to maintain. (har gow - dumpling or not?.etc).

                                1. re: Jerome

                                  jiaozi = dumplings

                                  boazi = buns

                                  guotia = pan-fried dumplings ... or gyoza (ha!)

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    i'll go for that (gyoza kanji i think is same as jiaozi and you'll get some purists who will say that pan-fried jiaozi, usually leftover steamed ones, are really jian jiaozi and guo-tie are a different beast with a slurry that forms a thin connecting "skin" between the dumplings).

                                    Well done.

                                    1. re: Jerome

                                      Then there are those that insist guotia should be (gasp!) deep-fried ...

                  2. another fan of noodle house. i like the fact that they do not add much salt/msg into the filling allowing the true flavor of the meat/fish/veggies to come out.

                    1. Luscious Dumplings and J&J are both good. J&J serves Shanghai-style food, and their menu is much more extensive than Luscious Dumplings.

                      1. I would still sound like a broken record - I like 101 noodle express. Their nice quality is that even though the dumplings (jiaozi) come ten to a plate - you can order a mixed plate with two sets of five dumplings - varied fillings. So if you want to taste say 6 different fillings, three mixed plate orders would get you there.
                        Also, the meat crepe-like rou juan(r) is really good.
                        101 Noodle Express.
                        1408 E. Valley Blvd.
                        Alhambra, CA 91801.
                        (626) 300-8654

                        Simple - not a shanghai place - no xlb. just a wonderful variety of jiaozi.

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                        1. re: Jerome

                          And if you do go to 101 get the beef roll too.

                          Went to Luscious Dumpling today and was reminded that they have my favorite dumplings. Had the pork fried ones and IMO they were just perfection, although some think they're too heavy handed with the seasoning and favor Noodle House (more subtle.) Also agree the selection is limited, but no matter if you're just looking for the dumplings anyway.