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Steamed Chinese dumplings in OC

Let's say Chinese New Year fell on a weekday, and a guy didn't want to drive to Hacienda Heights or Arcadia for a plate of steamed Chinese dumplings. Is there any place in OC that would be a reliable source?

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  1. I'm thinking A&J in Irvine.

    1. A great question for which I'm also hoping to hear some good answers.

      A few folks have recommended Chef Chen's in Irvine for Shanghainese food. I wonder if they offer xlb dumplings and if so, are they good?

      I have been to a few chinese places in Westminster, none of which were very good. So I'm training my hopes on Irvine.

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      Chef Chen's Restaurant
      5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

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      1. re: adamclyde

        Chef Chen's does indeed have it. I'm no expert on the soup dumplings, but I've found those at Chef Chen's to be pretty good.

        Across the freeway, Tri Village also has them and are pretty good too.

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        Chef Chen's Restaurant
        5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

        Tri Village
        14121 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92620

        1. re: adamclyde

          Just a follow up here. I tried Chef Chen's dumplings... all were pretty bad, I thought. Pot stickers were tough. Steamed pork dumplings were ok, but flavor was a bit off. The scallion pancakes were tough and not flaky at all. I was disappointed. Oh well...

          What do people recommend getting there? The three-cup chicken was good, but the rest was decidedly average. I was with people who weren't seafood fans, so that may have been the problem, since we were stuck with landlocked meals?

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          Chef Chen's Restaurant
          5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

        2. A&J - don't get their xiao long bao, they are awful. their guo tie are decent though

          Peking Restaurant - in westminister also taiwanese owned, has pretty decent guo tie
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/peking-restau...

          although i don't think ive tried the shui jiao at either of the places as i prefer guo tie generally

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          1. re: Lau

            I agree that Peking restaurant has pretty good pot stickers. I found their steamed dumplings pretty decent too, though not worth returning for.

            They seem to be known for their beef roll (basically beef doused in hoisin sauce rolled inside of a huge scallion pancake). I thought it was kind of gross. Like a weird Vegas-like extreme adaptation of something chinese. Regardless, not a huge fan. But their pot stickers were good.

            1. re: adamclyde

              its a real chinese dish, its called a niu rou jia bing; i think its actually a northern chinese dish originally, but i find it more taiwanese places. the gold standard for me with this dish is 101 noodle express (this place is a northern chinese place though); its much better than most places
              http://www.yelp.com/biz/101-noodle-ex...

              1. re: Lau

                its a real chinese dish, its called a niu rou jia bing
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                The Chinese Burrito made (in)famous by Jonathan Gold.

                And, yes, of Northern Chinese provenance.

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                Northern Chinese Restaurant
                8450 Valley Blvd Ste 108, Rosemead, CA 91770

                1. re: Lau

                  do they all taste like Peking's? just a big fat roll of scallion pancake and beef doused in massive quantities of hoisin?

                  1. re: adamclyde

                    some of them do, i actually like peking's but its def not at the same level as 101 noodle's version

                    101 noodle's version the pancake is much thinner and lighter than normal, the beef is sliced quite thin and their sauce is i believe homemade, they also put lots of finely chopped cilantro. go try it, you'll notice the difference

                    these pics give u a pretty decent idea about what it looks like:
                    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/nsdANt...
                    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/nsdANt...

            2. Please clarify.

              What do you mean by "steamed Chinese dumplings"?

              Xiao Long Bao?

              Jiaozi?

              Har gou or shumai?

              Something else?

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I thought if I wrote "zhengjiao" or "jiaozi" in my original post I might scare away comments from those who know where to find good dumplings but couldn't easily associate the Chinese or Mandarin word with the specific wrapped delicacy. In a similar way, I wouldn't use the phrase "sundubu jjigae"... I'd say Korean tofu stew.

                  Maybe a better phrasing would be...where in OC can I find dumplings of any type which are the most traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. Be it zhengjiao, jiaozi, XLB, etc....whatever and whichever would stamp my luck passport in the Year of the Rabbit.