We're just back from eating way too much yummy food in Montréal where there was a restaurant that served dumplings with soup inside. It was a special way of making them and I miss them *so much*. Would there happen to be a place that makes them this-a-way?
Failing that, at least please post your favorite non-soup-dumplings. This place specialized in dumplings only; there were a hundred or so varieties on the menu. I'd be interested in anything like this, even if not soup dumplings per se.
Are these dumplings you describe Chinese? If so, would they happen to be xiaolongbao (abbreviated XLB)?
If this is indeed what you had in Canada, know that in SoCal, XLB enjoys a very passionate (and oft-times contentious) group of followers on the L.A. Discussion Board. And yes, there is a veritable cornucopia of restaurants making all sorts of XLB in the greater L.A. Area.
Soup dumplings or XLB: (for the connoisseur) Dean Sin World or (for the hoi polloi) Din Tai Fung.
Regular dumpilngs: Luscious Dumplings, 101 Noodle Express, JTYH and Dean Sin World (again).
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Dean Sin World
306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA
9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
ipsedixit, i see that you are always recommending dean sin world or din tai fung for xlb. can you tell me who has the best (in your opinion) for the crab filled xlb? i love the ones from din tai fung, but compared to other places like j&j they are super $$$. i've never been to dean sin world. do they have the crab ones there?
Correct you are, ray.
foodmor, I only mention Din Tai Fung because I feel like when there is a discussion about XLB Din Tai Fung *should* be mentioned because it is part of the XLB fabric of the SGV food scene. Sort of like how you can't talk about "foot in mouth disease" without mentioning Sarah Palin's name.
Personally, I don't really care for Din Tai Fung -- too fey, and dainty in my opinion. I prefer my XLB to be much heartier and rustic.
For crab XLB, Dean Sin World and Mama's Lu are both outsanding and can't go wrong with either place.
Hope that helps.