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Jun 12, 2009 03:21 PM

Made-to-order noodles or dumplings: Alhambra/Monterey Park/SGV/Rowland Heights/Hacienda Heights

I'm looking for a place to take my mom to either lunch or dinner in any one of the following areas: Alhambra, Monterey Park, SGV, Rowland Heights, or Hacienda Heights. I'm looking for places that either make made-to-order noodles or dumplings. I was originally going to take her to the Noodle House in Monterey Park, but since their ownership change has affected their quality, I would like to find a better place. There are so many recs on the Board, I would just like to round it down to a few really great choices. I'm planing to take her either Saturday (tomorrow) or Sunday. Thanks so much for your help!

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  1. Mian Hsiang Yuan (sp?) in Monterey Park does made-to-order, handmade dumplings. Ma Lan in Hacienda Heights does made-to-order noodles.

    1. I really enjoy both Luscious Dumpling and Din Tai Fung.

      Din Tai Fung Restaurant
      1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

      Luscious Dumplings
      704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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      1. re: David Kahn

        My Mom decided that she wanted dumplings instead of noodles. We went to Luscious, and my Mom was impressed. We ordered the bok choy, the pan-fried pork and sole dumplings, the chive and pork dumpings, the napa and pork dumpings, the pork soup dumplings, and the beef noodles. I was really impressed with the soup dumplings...looks like I will have to make a trip to DTF soon...and I really enjoyed the hearty, but light dumpling wrappers...just the right amount of chewy doughy-ness. I also really liked the noodles...the beef was good and the broth as nice, but really liked the consistency and texture of the noodles by themselves. My Mom, Dad, aunt, and I were thoroughly stuffed! Thanks for the recs! I will have to go through the list and try the noodles recs next time.

      2. What do you mean by "made-to-order noodles or dumplings"?

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I guess, I mean they make it from scratch immediately after you order it. In the case of the Noodle House...which I think, might be Das Ubergeek's Mian Hsiang Yuan suggestion, they the dumplings when you order it. But with Exilekiss's latest review, the quality has been compromised since the change in ownership. In the case of the noodles, I would like to take my mom to a place where they make (or hand pull) the noodles in house in addition to preparing the broth/soup in house. Hope that clears it up. Thanks very much for the responses thus far! Ma Lan is a definite consideration...don't know much about Luscious...might have to read up more on that one.

          1. re: attran99

            Just about every respectable dumpling joint makes their dumplings when ordered -- e.g. Luscious, Mandarin Noodle, 101 Noodle, Dumpling 10053, etc.

            For hand pulled noodles, I would suggest Kam Hong Garden in Monterey Park or Mama's Kitchen in San Gabriel.

            Kam Hong Garden
            848 E Garvey Ave
            Monterey Park
            (626) 280-9318

            Mama's Kitchen
            1718 New Ave
            San Gabriel
            (626) 289-8984

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Thanks very much! My Mom is a foodie that likes to learn about the dishes she eats, and oftentimes, tries to recreate them (with much success) at home. She'd have liked Noodle House because she would have an opportunity to see them make the order in the kitchen. Out of curiosity, do any of these places have a window into the kitchen where she'd be able to watch?

              1. re: attran99


                If you want a sideshow on noodle making, try Bamboodles. Mediocre food, good show.


                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Point taken...thanks...I'd rather stick to the good food...thanks for all the recs! Much appreciated.

                  1. re: attran99

                    My foodie group went to Noodle House a couple of months ago and it was delicious. Seeing into the kitchen is easy because the dining room is so small and the kitchen is open. You can just stand up at your table and see into the kitchen. Service was great and the buns and dumplings were luscious. Our only thing missing...not enough veggies on the menu. Other than that it was really good, and cheap and we had tons of leftovers to take home.Perfect!

        2. Kang Kang Food Court near the corner of Garfield and Valley, for shengjianbao (Shanghai-style pan-fried soup dumplings). They might be the only reason ever to go there, but it's the only place I know of that makes them well/right.

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          1. re: mrhooks

            The other branch, which I know as "Kentucky Fried Shau Mei", is on Garfield and Garvey, next to Cocary and ABC Cafe. They have very good Taiwanese shaved ice and good juices.

            1. re: mrhooks

              Mama Lu's has better shengjianbao.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I went there today, and their shengjianbao are pretty bad, and definitely not authentic Shanghai style. First, I could tell just by looking at them: they were bigger, the bottoms were flat, and there were no sesame seeds or scallions on top. (At KK, they are smaller and rounder, just like the ones I had at Yang's Fry Dumpling in Shanghai.) They looked like meat buns that were meant to be steamed, but instead were pan-fried. And that's exactly what they were like when I ate them. There was no soup inside, and if there was supposed to be any, it was quickly and completely absorbed by the wrapper during the trip from the kitchen to our table. Speaking of the wrapper, it was also wrong, again it was more like the bread of a steamed bao, a bit too fluffy for shengjianbao; worse still, it was soggy and mushy on the inside. The filling was also mushy/mealy, and lacked sweetness.

                They weren't just bad shengjianbao, they were bad food.

                Kang Kang Food Court is still the only game in town for shengjianbao.

              2. re: mrhooks

                love those about pork party in your mouth....but i also like their pork chop rice thing with picked veggies

              3. i believe Q noodle makes all orders fresh.

                Q Noodle House
                18930 Gale Ave, Rowland Heights, CA 91748