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Looking for xlb rrestaurants in LAX. Dai tim Fung(?) is getting jaded, and the filing is hard and the broth is inconsistent. There must be more places. Could anyone provide a list with addresses. Thanks. Cog.

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  1. there is no din tai fung at lax. the only socal location is in the san gabriel valley (@ 30miles east of lax).

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    Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
    1088 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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    1. re: wilafur

      okay. Din tai Fung in the San gabriel Valley is getting jaded. Are there other xlb restaurants in the lax area, including san gabriel and alhambra,,etc. which are worthy of consideration.

      1. re: cogitotic

        Here are 4 of the (numerous) prior threads on this subject. You'll have better success with your quest if you stop asking for "lax" or "LAX" area suggestions as that is the designation for Los Angeles International Airport.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/578627

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597943

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650154

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590211

        1. re: Servorg

          I notice some hounds use airport codes to designate areas....DFW, MSP, ABQ, PDX, PHX...

          Never heard those kind of comments about DTF's XLB.

          Alternatives:
          JinJian (J&J) For their dungeness crab dumplings too.
          301 W Valley Blvd # 109
          San Gabriel, CA

          Mama's Lu Dumpling Houseviews)
          153 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park

          1. re: monku

            "I notice some hounds use airport codes to designate areas....DFW, MSP, ABQ, PDX, PHX..."

            That won't fly here...

            1. re: Servorg

              For once you and I agree, Servorg...

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                I am willing to bet that we would agree on most places to eat in LA. Your food tastes are very similar to mine and I pay close attention to any and all of the places you post about.

            2. re: monku

              Yea, sometimes I use BKK as an abbreviation as a reference to the greater Bangkok area, for example. The OP was attempting the same, I suspect.

              Dean Sin World and J&J are my current faves.

        2. re: wilafur

          Not quite true, Wilafur...the Taiwanese airline, Eva offers DTF on flights out of LAX!
          http://www.evaair.com/html/b2c/englis...

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            ciao bob, eva doesn't start serving meals until roughly 1 hr into the flight. so technically, there are no xlb offerings in lax. lols!

            for the OP, i'm a fan of dean sin world aka tastio. mei long village used to be my stand by but i stopped going there as more than 50% of the xlb were broken when served. kind of defeats the purpose of eating xlb.

            1. re: wilafur

              Wilafur, I went to Dean Sin for the first time a few weeks ago, ate 50 XLB with my friend, and most of the XLB were broken when served.... =( they're really good when they're intact, but I was quite disappointed when I kept getting broken XLBs. Maybe I came during their off day... =/

              1. re: dee

                eek! that is a bummer. sorry to hear about that. sloppy sloppy sloppy. ugh.

                1. re: wilafur

                  Curious. Has anyone ever returned an order of XLB because the skins were broken?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    When was the last time you successfully returned an order of ANYTHING in a Chinese restaurant? I mean, unless you're willing to engage in a slanging match with the could-not-care-less waiter.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Indeed.... lack of customer service is the price you pay for a $20 meal that feeds 4. I've got absolutely no problem with that.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        Last time I went to Giang Nan I successfully - after quite a bit of arguing and a few choice Cantonese phrases that the Mandarin speaking waiter was perplexed by - managed to return a glutinous, radioactive-looking mound of what I think was sweet and sour pork, that the waiter kept trying to convince us was a fish dish we'd ordered. Then he tried to convince us that it was our fault as we'd pointed to it on the menu and we must have pointed to the dish below it instead. The dishes were on separate pages of the menu. A good time was had by all and eventually we got our correct fish dish. And after all that the fish dish - a hideous mixed stir fry of fish and vegetables that my friends had insisted upon (damn friends, they should just let me do the ordering) - was awful.

                        Oh, and on the topic, the Giang Nan xlb were not particularly good. I prefer J&J or Mama's Lu to anywhere else. I think DTF's xlb are tasteless - although I sure do like those green beans.

                        1. re: estone888

                          I don't like their XLB either. I love the chicken and chestnuts, though.

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            try hengyang chilli king on garvey for their hunan-style chicken and chestnuts. amazingly good.

                          2. re: estone888

                            wow. ineresting. I've rarely had a dish i didn't like at giang-nan, but then I don't orer the whole menu and if they have sweet and sour pork on the menu i'd sooner eat the table than order a cantonese dish at a place that does such good huaiyang food.
                            Their fish with pine nuts (song ren yu mi) is always great, and their shrimp with ongjing tea leaves is quite good too. Tell your friends if you are at a huaiyang place to NOT ORDER CANTONESE DISHES AND NOT TO EXPECT THEM. the yangzhou fried rice at giang-nan is wonderful, similar to what i had in suzhou years back, and nothing like cantonese (or american-cantonese) style fried rice. It almost looks like steamed rice, and th cooking metod lightly perfumes the rice with the meats and seafod. It's very light - almost sublte.
                            As far as the choice cantonese phrases, you might as well have included some korean, arabic and german ones. The mandarin speaking staff at giang-nan isn't going to understand as you saw... but they may have hired a cantonese speaking server. truth be told, there used to be a waitress there from henan (i think from zhengzhou) and she spoke a beautiful mandarin - could have been on the radio.
                            I also like J& J, used to like JZ (think they closed) but giang-nan's crab-pork mix is fine with me.
                            Try the nian-gao/new years cakes. Some folks love them, others hate them.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          re: "Has anyone ever returned an order of XLB because the skins were broken?"

                          Yes... I have seen it done.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I would like to see that.

                            I grew up here and I have never heard anybody refer to LA as LAX. Actually, for an abbreviation, LAX is actually longer than just LA.

                            Din Tai Fung getting jaded? I was just there and it is still as good as ever. Maybe a little more 'polished' than other places, but I think it is good.

                            The only time I ever had XLB in an airport is in Taiwan. Wasn't Din Tai Fung, but was decent airport dumplings. The food at LAX Terminal 3 is terrible. If they ever had XLB or any kind of decent Asian food, I would probably faint.

                            EVA might be serving Din Tai Fung now, but I fly them all the time and haven't had dumplings. The food on EVA is OK, but it's no Cathay Pacific.

                        3. re: dee

                          I'm tempted to channel Cool Hand Luke; Nobody can eat 50 XLB :-)

                  2. yes i'veread the discussion. So i post for teh OP cogitotic - do you want xiaolongbao in the vicinity of the airport, LAX? - for example in marina del rey?

                    btw how are the mighty fallen. When Jin jiang first opened over 15 years ago on santa monica blvd, it offered many huaiyang "shanghai" dishes including xiao long bao. They went cantonese about seven years ago and now they have catered so much for teh Western audience that they offer po-po platters acdg to their website.

                    just too sad.

                    and that's why there are no xiaolongbao near LAX, so far as I know.

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                    1. re: Jerome

                      cogitotic is new to Chowhound and I think (s)he is still figuring out that Chowhound is a different beast from the Yelps of the world.

                      I think of Chowhound as the NPR of the internet food world. Egalitarian, thoughtful, precise, analytical, adventurous, offering a different perspective than what you get elsewhere (like on Yelp, Citysearch, etc).

                      To wit, if you post about Chinese food near LAX, you'd better believe that's what you're going to get. Likewise for xiao long bao IN LAX (unfortunately, there are none!).

                      LA is a big place... we are here to answer your questions as long as you tell us precisely what you want. So take a breath, think about what it is you need, and lay it out for us. More often than not, you'll find knowledgeable people willing to help you.

                      By thw way, I couldn't disagree more with your (cogitotic's) assesment of Din Tai Fung! (Thought I have not been in about a year.... I hope they haven't gone downhill)

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        Went last week, Taster: happy to report that to my mind and mouth DTF-USA has never been better! Its an international enterprise with very high standards that don't waver. Sure they can do some things in Asia that they don't do here (never saw the black skinned chicken soup here) but I experienced no jaded-ness at all.

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          you can get the black (bone?) chicken soup cooked for 24 hours at 888 seafood. They also have the turtle and other medicinal soups.

                    2. The OP says IN LAX so when I read the post I took it to mean inside the airport itself.

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                      1. re: SIMIHOUND

                        The OP also said that a restaurant "is getting jaded"......