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The Current State of Dumplings in SGV

Aside from 101 and Luscious, what is the current state of dumplings in the San Gabriel area?

Dumpling Master is gone, and I thought I remembered reading a downhill report on 10053. Is Kingburg still relevant? Never did get around to trying them.

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Thanks 'hounds

Mr Taster

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  1. Current favorites are Luscious and Dean Sin World. Tried 10053 once after the alleged ownership change and found it lacking.

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      1. re: echoparkdirt

        Just visited Dean Sin World. The potstickers and the XLB were wonderful.

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        Dean Sin World
        306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

        1. re: echoparkdirt

          dropped by yesterday, xlb were perfect.

    1. The other day I was thinking I'm getting tired of the dumpling scene.
      Would they kick me out of DTF for not ordering steamed pork dumplings?

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      1. re: monku

        I go to DTF routinely to pick up either just chicken soup or their beef soup to go. Comes nicely packaged in individual portions so that they go easily into the freezer for use later on in either as part of stock (it's too rich on its own), or quick noodle soup for dinner.

        Rarely do I ever order their XLB or dumplings. Just find them too fey.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I ordered the chicken soup once and that was enough.
          I didn't understand it.

            1. re: monku

              Really? I find the soups at DTF great.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                I've only tried the chicken soup once at the DTF in Arcadia and found the broth to be thin and pallid. Tried the same soup at the original branch in Taipei and it was astoundingly rich, beautiful and complex. (In Taipei it was a smaller serving in a tall ramekin-- but because of the high laowai clientele rate, they ask first if you want the chicken feet).

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  I had the same reaction to the chicken soup at the DTF in Arcadia. Thin and pallid is a good description.

                  1. re: choctastic

                    The tragedy is that it's really not hard to make a great, deeply flavored chicken stock. The secret is a lot more chicken and a lot less water. The rest more or less takes care of itself.

                    Clearly the Arcadia branch isn't willing to drop the right amount of money on chicken to make a silky, richly flavored soup. Perhaps it's simply economics, as the Taipei branch charges more or less the same relative price as they do in Arcadia, but one's dollar goes a lot further in Taiwan than in Los Angeles.

                    Mr Taster

          1. re: monku

            dropped by DTF today

            can someone tell me what steamed dumplings w/ soup is? (20 pc, served weekends only)

            1. re: ns1

              It's, uh, small dumplings in soup. They only make a certain amount per day and when they first opened it was a major attraction. However, the buzz seems to have shifted to the XLB subsequently.

          2. Isn't there a Dumpling Master in Hacienda Heights as well or is that an unrelated place?

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            Dumpling Master Restaurant
            2124 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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            1. re: sku

              There is a Dumpling Master in HH. Whether they are "related" in any way, I'm not sure.

              I'm a fan of both Dumpling House. The Dumpling House in Arcadia has great xlb. The Dumpling House in Temple City has great fried, steamed and boiled dumplings.

              DTF is overpriced, overrated and not worth the wait.

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              Dumpling House Restaurant
              5612 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

              1. re: reality check

                "There is a Dumpling Master in HH. Whether they are "related" in any way, I'm not sure."
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                They are not.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I did like the Dumpling Master in Hacienda Heights better than the Dumpling Master.

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                  Dumpling Master Restaurant
                  2124 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

                  1. re: reality check

                    In the mid 80s and 90s the Monterey Park Dumpilng Master was the supposed to "da bomb" when it came to pan fried dumplings. Legend had it that folks would drive down from SF just to partake of all that greasy, porky goodness.

                    Since mid 90s, it's been one precipitous decline after another for that place.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I don't doubt it. There's still a relative shortage of dumpling sources in the Bay Area compared to all of the choices we have down here.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I never realized the power of a positive LA Times review until I saw the results the week they reviewed the Dumpling Master 20+ years ago. The place was jammed with Lofan on a weekday lunch. Patronized the place on and off over the years and the food was always the same, didn't notice it ever going downhill. Maybe a better location and making the place brighter would have helped in the long run. You have to admit 20+ years with that location isn't shabby.

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                        Dumpling Master Restaurant
                        423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                        1. re: monku

                          20+ years at ANY location isn't shabby.

                      2. re: reality check

                        Gather Dumpling Master in Hacienda Heights is now being sold.
                        Who knows what will take its place?

                2. Qingdao Bread Food is still great. The Mama's Lu branches are still good, too.

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                  Qingdao Bread Food
                  301 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA

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                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Mama's Lu and Luscious are my two places for dumplings nowadays.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      they have XLB here?

                      not on the menu, when we asked the server what we got instead was pork buns. language barrier definitely not to our favor.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Just boazi (buns), joazi (dumplings), and lu bao (Chinese calzones?) at Qingdao.

                        What made you think they had XLB?

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          ipse, so the "Fried Stuffed Dumplings" at Qingdao are actually lu bao? The owner called them guotie and they were referred to in the potstickers thread:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793890

                          http://biggestmenu.com/rdr/CA/Montere...

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Thanks for the clarification, and your previous posts on the subject. There's certainly enough confusion over terminology on these. To me, they were obviously a bao of some sort.

                              1. re: JThur01

                                Are you certain it wasn't a dumpling? :-)

                                1. re: raytamsgv

                                  Well, it was a "dumpling" on the menu at Qingdao Bread Food :-) To confuse matters, the owner told me it was "guotie"

                                  ...or, I could say, it didn't have soup in it, so it wasn't a dumpling :-)

                    2. We had some nice ones at JTYH a couple of weeks ago, and the leftovers were great steamed to accompany scrambled eggs for breakfast. Their thing is supposed to be noodles, really, but I was minimally impressed with the hand-cut ones (though the lamb was delicious) and I did NOT think much of the cat's ears - much too chewy for my taste. But the fried pork dumplings were insanely good.

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                      JTYH Restaurant
                      9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I really like their fried dumplings. They fry to a very thick crust which I love, but others don't. I think it was ExileKiss who found them too chewy but they are perfect for me.