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Oct 15, 2009 10:20 PM

Shen Jian Bao aka pan fried buns

I'm not usually in the SGV, but will be in the area and only had these things once or twice before and I'm addicted! I'll be in Monterey Park this weekend, Kang Kang looks tasty for these, any other suggestions? I prefer types that aren't so bready, otherwise I get full pretty quickly on these. Thanks!

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  1. Dean Sin World
    306 North Garfield Ave
    Monterey Park
    (626) 571-0636

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I second Dean Sin World (aka Tastio)...lovely SJB.

    2. Even though Kang Kang pimps their SJBs, I've never been terribly fond of them. Although the dough is always nicely crisped on the bottom, the broth has a strange sweet flavor to it that I'm not crazy about. I'll have to try Dean Sin World (Dim Sum World).

      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster

        the Kang Kang sjb seems to always make me full quick. I grew up eating this stuff in shanghai. I never remember them being that big.

        1. re: cartbaby

          If they're bigger than those at Yang's Fry Dumplings in Shanghai, it's not by much. KK serves 8 per order, while Yang's serves either 7 or 8 (I forget which). In both cases, I was never able to eat more than one order at a time. They might be a little doughier - I don't have a good recollection about that. I like the ones at KK a lot, though they certainly aren't as good as Yang's.

          I agree with Mr. Taster, the broth is a little too sweet, but they're still the only thing close to authentic I've found here. I haven't tried Dean Sin World yet though.

          1. re: mrhooks

            KK's is noticeably bigger than Yang's - not by much but enough that you'd notice. And far inferior, mostly b/c their skin is too thick. That said, I only get out to Shanghai once every few years - KK's a lot closer!

      2. we had em' at JTYH in san gabriel this past weekend, j. gold had a good review on this place and he was not wrong, they were hot! both literally and figuratively

        9425 valley blvd.

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          1. re: groover808

            JTYH Restaurant
            9425 Valley Blvd
            Rosemead, CA 91770
            (626) 442-8999

            1. re: wilafur

              Oh, that's not an acronym. Thanks!

          2. re: fgrade

            Yup! JTYH has them, though when i was in there today they didn't look that crispy.

            Kam Hong Garden on Garvey also has them.

            If you're interested in something different, but similar, I would really suggest the shui jian bao at Mei Lin on Valley.

            Kam Hong Garden
            848 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

            Mei Lin Tou Chiang Restaurant
            1257 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

            1. re: will47

              Unfortunately, I found the shen jian bao @ JTYH to be really bland and wholly uncompelling. Love their noodles though!

              The ones at Kang Kang are...decent. I agree, the soup inside is overly sweet and their dough is a bit too thick to my liking. That said, they're good for what they are. No, they're not Yang's Fry (Shanghai) though.

              I've been meaning to try the ones at Dean Sin World.

              1. re: odub

                Ya my family likes the sjb at kang kang. Like i said up top, I just think it's too doughy. This dish is a total food memory from shanghai streets. I just dont remember it being that big or doughy. Maybe it's like that in taiwan.

            2. re: fgrade

              We had them tonight. 10 absurdly large buns for about $7, enough to feed 3 people alone. This is about the price one would pay for them at a night market in Taiwan, where prices are generally a third of what they are in America, so it's an outrageously good price. However, the buns sadly didn't quite live up to my expectations. They were nice and crispy on the bottom, but the dough was extremely thick, there wasn't any soup inside, and the pork meatball was juicy but somehow a bit mealy. Still, hard to complain too much for the absurdly low price, but I still wish they were better.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Hmmm, I'm leaning towards Dean Sin World right now....

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Goto JTYH for the noodles (knife cut), and avoid generally everything else there, incl. the soups and the cold dishes, which all taste like bland and insipid things.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    We also had the cats ear noodles which were chewy and tasty, topped with egg, mushrooms, green onions, about $5 for a big plate. For the price it was fine, though the cat's ear noodles were the standout part of that dish. We also had a trio of cold dishes-- chicken gizzards, spicy beef/tendon, and seaweed... Yunnan style appetizers with the chili oil, though not really that pungent. Big plate for $3.50. Not the best versions I've ever had but again, for the price, it's hard to beat. Our whole bill came to $17+tip and the 2 of us had 2 full meals out of it.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      doesn't qingdao bread food have jian bao? on garfield just north of garvey.