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Soup dumplings?

aliris Jan 10, 2011 11:31 PM

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.


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  1. J.L. RE: aliris Jan 11, 2011 12:16 AM

    Are these dumplings you describe Chinese? If so, would they happen to be xiaolongbao (abbreviated XLB)?
    see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiaolongbao

    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.

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      raytamsgv RE: J.L. Jan 11, 2011 10:26 AM

      We're not contentious. I just happen to be right, and everyone else doesn't know what they're talking about. :-)

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        J.L. RE: raytamsgv Jan 11, 2011 09:40 PM


    2. Peripatetic RE: aliris Jan 11, 2011 12:50 AM

      There have been numerous threads arguing the merits of various XLB around the SGV. (Almost all good XLB are found in the SGV.) Here are two comparatively recent ones:


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        J.L. RE: Peripatetic Jan 11, 2011 01:38 AM

        ...assuming OP is talking about XLB, and not another type of dumpling.

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          Peripatetic RE: J.L. Jan 11, 2011 01:50 AM

          Indeed. You had that part covered, so I didn't think to rehash it.

          I'd be surprised if the OP was describing something other than XLB, though.

      2. ipsedixit RE: aliris Jan 11, 2011 08:52 AM

        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

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

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

        JTYH Restaurant
        9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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          foodmor RE: ipsedixit Jan 12, 2011 12:12 PM

          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?

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            raytamsgv RE: foodmor Jan 12, 2011 01:52 PM

            Ipsedixit doesn't usually recommend Din Tai Fung.

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              ipsedixit RE: raytamsgv Jan 12, 2011 01:58 PM

              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.

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                Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jan 12, 2011 02:53 PM

                IMO Jin Jiang serves the best crab XLB in town. On the rustic/refined spectrum of XLB it's just between Dean Sin World and DTF.

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

                Jin Jiang Restaurant
                301 W Valley Blvd Ste 109, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                  foodmor RE: ipsedixit Jan 13, 2011 08:54 AM

                  great. thank you. i will try out one of the 2 this weekend.

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