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Where to go since Mandarin Noodle Deli changed ownership?

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  • Fru Sep 27, 2010 06:29 PM
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I understand that there are items on the new menu that are worthy of trying. However, items that I loved such as the pan fried pot stickers , scallion pancakes and fish dumplings I understand are not as good as the original owner's renditions. I'm no expert but I know what I like. Is there any place in the vicinity that is similar? And yes, I do like Mandarin Noodle House on Garvey but I LOVED MND.

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New Mandarin Noodle Deli
9537 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

Mandarin Noodle House
701 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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  1. Right up the street in San Gabriel is Luscious Dumplings. No scallion pancakes, however.

    Further away in Monterey Park is Mama's Lu and Dean Sin World (aka Tastio), both of which have the trifecta of pan fried dumplings (pork), fish dumplings, and scallion pancakes that you're looking for.

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

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

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      And they're off...Thank you!

      1. re: Fru

        I was pretty sad to hear they changed ownership since I did like the food there and I live in Arcadia so it was a good alternative to DTF.

        Personally I have moved onto Luscious Dumpling and Mama Lu's. Although it is a bit more of a drive away its not too bad.

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

      2. re: ipsedixit

        We went to Dean Sin World yesterday at about 12:00. Knowing it is small, I was banking on the fact that it was Sunday and everyone else would be having dim sum. Thank goodness because the place is all of 9 tables and 2 of them were covered with buns! It is obvious that they do a lot of wholesale business. Anyway, it was delicious even if everything was served on Styrofoam. The peanut appetizer alone was worth the chance. (They sell them.) We only speak English so it was a little amusing trying to convey what we wanted. Next time, I'm going to bring friends who hopefully speak the same dialect. I even approached a father and son who were eating and asked if they could ask what was in the buns. The son asked but it was even hard for him to translate. The lady was more than accommodating. She came and gave me one that was filled with red bean paste. The pastry was so flaky. Yum! I'm glad they have pictures on the walls but I also try to be adventurous and point to things that sound interesting on the menu. The ladies working there were very sweet and really tried to be helpful. Besides the juicy dumplings, we had pan fried pot stickers, scallion pancakes and something that had chopped leaks inside. We ordered what we thought were har gow like dumplings that turned out to be soup with dumplings. The broth was wonderful. Rich with a light ginger taste. The dumplings were delicious as well. I tried to order something on the menu that had rice cake but she shook her head and smiled. I'm guessing that there are limits as to what is available based on what is going on in the kitchen. I would say this was just as good as the old Mandarin Noodle Deli but just different enough for me to still miss it! I don't suppose they have the pickled veggies-cucumber, seaweed or tofu? I will come back though. At the very least to get stuff to go! Thank you ipsedixit!

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        New Mandarin Noodle Deli
        9537 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

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

        1. re: Fru

          "I don't suppose they have the pickled veggies-cucumber, seaweed or tofu?"
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          None that I know of, although new items are always being introduced, but it's usu. dough or noodle based.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I think Dumpling House in Temple City on Rosemead has pickled veggies and has all the dumplings you seek.

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

      3. My favorite dish at Mandarin Noodle Deli was the jam bbong (spicy seafood noodle soup). It's better than any version I've had at a Korean place and I've tried a lot between K-town and Rowland Heights. Does anybody else have a recommendation of a spicy version with hand made noodles?

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        New Mandarin Noodle Deli
        9537 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

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        1. re: js76wisco

          China Islamic or Kam Hong Garden both do outsanding versions, with Kam Hong probably offering the more traditional version that you're familiar with.

          Also, if you're willing to try rice noodles, then the spicy seafood rice noodles at Yunnan Garden is outstanding.

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          China Islamic Restaurant
          7727 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

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

          Yunnan Garden
          545 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        2. My friend's mom told me that the original MND owner is working on setting up a new MND on Lower Azusa. Just thought people might be interested. Hopefully, I'll have some specifics soon, but if anyone else out there knows more, please update.

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          1. re: andytseng

            Well, since you asked ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754346