Best dumplings in Orange County - is there such a thing?
Living in the OC, I'd like to find both a restaurant and a market to buy dumplings in, both for the eating pleasure and re-heating at home. Pile on your suggestions, please, and we'll go after all of them.
You didn't say what kind of dumplings, so I'm going to send you to Anna's Mondu, on Garden Grove Blvd. between Brookhurst and Magnolia. While you can eat there—there are tables—nobody really does this except me. But they are sweet people and will take care of you if you choose to eat in, and they have good manduguk (dumpling soup).
You can buy their mandu (Korean dumplings) frozen to do with as you will at home.
I'm assuming you mean Chinese steamed dumplings, but correct me if I'm wrong.
I haven't found yet a restaurant in OC that serves a dumpling on the order of Din Tai Fung, or Dumpling 10053, so I'm eager to hear the responses.
For frozen, try the assortment in Diho Bakery's freezer. They're a Taiwanese bakery tucked in the very back of the parking lot by Caspian, Super Irvine, India Cook House. I can't say they're amazing, but they are decent enough.
14130 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92604
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
14130 Culver Dr, J Irvine, CA
10053 Valley Blvd Ste 2, El Monte, CA 91731