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Jun 17, 2011 12:11 PM

soup dumplings on west side?

Has anyone found a place on the west side that serves soup dumplings (I think the correct name is Xiaolongbao) somewhere west of downtown? I love House of Mandarin Noodle, but Temple City is a long way from Westchester.

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  1. "No soup (dumplings) for YOU!" Not if you are looking for east side quality at west side location.

    1. Even if you included Chinatown as being on the Westside you'd be pretty much out of luck. I believe they are nominally available in Chinatown at Mandarin Chateau and perhaps from time to time at one of the dim sum houses, but it wouldn't approach the quality you get in the San Gabriel Valley.

      Mandarin Chateau Restaurant
      970 N Broadway Ste 114, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. Not the answer you're looking for, but I'll throw it out there anyway: You can get 50 frozen XLB from Dean Sin World for only around $15 (I forget the exact amount). Steamed (properly) at home, the XLB are nearly indistinguishable from the ones served at DSW.

        Now if only FO or Umami burgers could be bought cheaply in bulk and reheated on the east side with little loss in quality.

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        1. re: Peripatetic

          They're actually $14. The next time you're in the SGV, if you don't already have a Chinese steamer, purchase a few at a Chinese supermarket. Then go to Monterey Park and buy a few bags of frozen XLB at Dean Sin World. If you put them in a cooler, they should still be frozen when you get home.

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

          1. re: raytamsgv

            Video clip (too bad it is quite grainy) of the woman at DSW making XLB


        2. BAO on Beverly Blvd. and Sweetzer has surprisingly good XLB. Totally trendy looking place, and not the most authentic environs, but in a pinch -- it does the trick. Plus, they've got a really good happy hour!

          1. The digression about the origins of the terms for dumplings and buns has been split to this thread on the General Topics board: