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Jan 10, 2011 11:31 PM

Soup dumplings?

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. 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.

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    1. re: J.L.

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Peripatetic

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

        1. re: J.L.

          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. 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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        1. re: ipsedixit

          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?

          1. re: foodmor

            Ipsedixit doesn't usually recommend Din Tai Fung.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              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.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                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

                1. re: ipsedixit

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

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