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Battle of the Potstickers

echoparkdirt Jul 5, 2011 11:36 AM

I am looking for a Chowhound dust-up on the best potstickers in LA area.

My current favorite is Luscious Dumplings, where the potstickers are a delicate, juicy thing of beauty.

Anyone have anything better?

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

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    Jerome Dec 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    don't usually order these - to be fair - 101 noodle express doesn't make real guotie pot stickers, just panfried dumplings (jian) which are tasty.
    I haven't been in a while but i usede to love the pot stickers - guo-tieh at Deerfield Garden.

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    1. re: Jerome
      echoparkdirt Dec 31, 2011 01:13 PM

      what is the difference between guotie pot stickers and panfried dumplings?

      1. re: echoparkdirt
        ipsedixit Dec 31, 2011 01:18 PM

        It's largely semantics.

        But the former is generally pan steam-fried raw; whereas the latter is usually first boiled then pan fried.

        More discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4421...

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Jerome Dec 31, 2011 05:47 PM

          i guess. in my experience, much of what's sold as guo-tieh here are are just pan fried dumplings. When i was in beijing back in the neolithic, dumplings were cooked for dinner by steaming. Then in the morning, they'd be pan fried (leftovers) for reheating as something slightly different for breakfast.

          The guo-tieh i had there (and here on occasion but hard to find) were thrown into a walk with a wet slurry of flour and water and the slurry made a skin that would form on the side of the wok and kind of hold the dumplings together. as it cooked it would pull away from teh iron wok and then the whole thing would be tipped into a serving dish and the crispy skin would be an added bonus to the potstickers.

          ooops - never mind - it's all in the link above on ipsedixit's post.

          1. re: Jerome
            ipsedixit Dec 31, 2011 07:37 PM

            The old Dumpling Master in Monterey Park (on Atlantic Blvd. in the Shun Fat shopping center) did gwou-tieh the way you describe.

            Legend was that folks would drive down from SF just to get a taste.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Mr Taster Jan 11, 2012 10:20 AM

              Not guotie, but I recently had shenjianbao made with the crispy slurry.... now where it? Maybe JTYH... I remember being surprised because I'd ordered them before and never had them served that way.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                TonyC Mar 12, 2012 10:51 AM

                Finally found this: http://biggestmenu.com/rdr/CA/Montere...

                I mean, the pix is 5 years old, but apparently Qing Dao Bread Food does pot stickers in slurry.

                Knew I saw it somewhere too...

    2. echoparkdirt Dec 29, 2011 10:01 PM

      I spent the last couple days checking out the potstickers at Dean Sin World and Mama Lu. I tried to get to Beijing Pie House but, alas, they were closed three to 5.

      The potstickers at DSW were wonderful, thick, juicy things, filled with meat and dripping with goodness. Lightly fried on the bottom.

      The potstickers at Mama Lu's were a disappointment -- long, triangular pieces with a crust fried all around as if it was submerged. A bit dry.

      I am still looking forward to Beijing Pie House -- maybe this weekend!

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      1. re: echoparkdirt
        Ciao Bob Dec 30, 2011 09:21 AM

        I am not sure pot stickers are the best things at BPH.

        1. re: Ciao Bob
          ipsedixit Dec 30, 2011 11:43 AM

          Get the meat pies at Beijing Pie House.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            liu Jan 2, 2012 02:03 PM

            Pot stickers?
            The lamb pies at Beijing Pie House keep me going back and back and back...yum!

            1. re: liu
              ipsedixit Jan 2, 2012 07:24 PM

              Indeed. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/745506

              1. re: ipsedixit
                liu Jan 2, 2012 07:56 PM

                ipsedixit, that's a nice LA Times article about the Beijing Pie House. It all sounds so good! We recently had their crushed corn congee (mentioned in the LA Times article) which was quite delicious -- and very filling -- but it is the lamb pies that I travel several freeways for!

              2. re: liu
                Mr Taster Jan 11, 2012 10:16 AM

                The fennel pies keep me going back.

                The beef noodle soup there has, at times, been SPECTACULAR. Seriously. While not among the best I've had in Taiwan, certainly the best I've tasted in LA. But other times it's been rather ordinary. I no longer order it in order to avoid being disappointed.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  liu Jan 11, 2012 02:37 PM

                  Hmmm, fennel pies, Mr. Taster?
                  What is in a fennel pie, please?

                  1. re: liu
                    Mr Taster Jan 11, 2012 02:55 PM

                    It's one of the varieties of meat pies available at Beijing Pie House. I believe it's pork & fennel. It is unapologetically fennelly. Great stuff.


                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster
                      liu Jan 11, 2012 03:31 PM

                      Thanks...I'll order one lamb pie and one fennel pie next time!

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          Axlsgoddess Jul 11, 2011 08:13 AM

          Bamboo Cuisine in Sherman Oaks on Ventura has the best chicken pan fried dumplings I have ever had. For that matter, the best chinese food.

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          1. re: Axlsgoddess
            Chandavkl Jul 11, 2011 01:02 PM

            Of course that's largely because I can't think of any place in the SGV that serves chicken pan fried dumplings. Good One in Alhambra had these great chicken dumplings made with all white meat and they were in business for all of like two or three weeks. I do think that George's House in Inglewood takes the cake for chicken pan fried dumplings, extra crispy bottoms with several dumplings in a clump.

            1. re: Chandavkl
              J.L. Jul 11, 2011 05:02 PM

              My $.02: Chicken meat don't belong in Chinese dumplings.

              1. re: J.L.
                ipsedixit Jul 11, 2011 07:59 PM

                I also don't think beef belongs in traditional Northern (i.e. Beijing) style dumplings.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Chandavkl Jul 11, 2011 08:52 PM

                  Next you'll be coming out against Shandong style beef rolls made with turkey.

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    K K Jul 11, 2011 09:05 PM

                    Are there SGV Islamic Chinese joints that serve beef xiaolongbao? I think I saw/may have tried it once years ago somewhere in NorCal (and swore off it into the next generation)...

                    1. re: K K
                      Chandavkl Jul 11, 2011 09:13 PM

                      I saw beef and chicken XLB briefly at a Halal Chinese restaurant in the Cerritos area, which has since gone to the great restaurant beyond.

            2. re: Axlsgoddess
              Jwsel Jul 11, 2011 10:05 PM

              You should take a drive to San Gabriel if you think Bamboo is the best Chinese food. Calling Bamboo's food "mediocre" is probably giving it too much praise.

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              crystaw Jul 6, 2011 05:45 PM

              I really liked the potstickers at Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City. I haven't eaten at the location they moved to from Las Tunas location but hopefully it's as good as I remember!

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              1. re: crystaw
                Fru Jul 11, 2011 10:07 PM

                They are. Was there last Wednesday. Now House of Mandarin Noodle on Temple City Blvd.

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                luckattack Jul 6, 2011 09:42 AM

                I would have to say Dean Sin World has the best potstickers I have tried. I personally still think the XLB at Mama Lu is better than DSW but other thinks otherwise. Potstickers here are very juicy inside and crispy outside.

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

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                1. re: luckattack
                  ipsedixit Jul 7, 2011 08:51 PM

                  They are related -- Dean Sin World (mom), Mama's Lu (daughter).

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    luckattack Jul 11, 2011 12:46 PM

                    I thought Lu Dumpling House and Mama Lu is the same, they have the same Chinese name. Dean Sin World is operated by a few ladies, small little hole in the wall that does their own thing by hand. Are you sure?

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

                    1. re: luckattack
                      ipsedixit Jul 11, 2011 07:58 PM

                      Yes. Go ask them.

                2. ipsedixit Jul 5, 2011 08:09 PM

                  Luscious Dumplings is good, and was my top choice for a long time.

                  But nowadays, I think the best pan-fried dumplings (gwou-tei or 鍋貼) are at Beijing Pie House aka Canton Gourmet and Bakery.

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

                  Beijing Pie House
                  846 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    J.L. Jul 5, 2011 08:42 PM

                    Rumor has it they closed. True or not?

                    1. re: J.L.
                      ipsedixit Jul 5, 2011 08:48 PM

                      Beijing Pie House? Really? I was there about week and a half (12 days or so) ago.

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                        echoparkdirt Feb 4, 2012 07:56 PM

                        Just went to Beijing Pie House and found the experience tremendous. Got the Meat Pancake, the Lamb Pies, and the Pumpkin Pork and Shrimp fried dumplings. The dumplings were thicker, rougher things than the refined delicacies at Luscious Dumplings. I really enjoyed them. The meat pancake was a fantastic kaleidoscope of sensations -- sweet, savory, lovely. the lamb pies were wonderful. Fantastic.

                        1. re: echoparkdirt
                          ipsedixit Feb 4, 2012 08:50 PM

                          Glad you enjoyed it.

                          1. re: echoparkdirt
                            liu Feb 5, 2012 08:30 AM

                            Hi, echoparkdirt!
                            I am glad to read your "fantastic" report about Beijing Pie House.
                            I have had their lamb pies several times and you'd think I would be over it -- but not yet!

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                      estone888 Jul 5, 2011 12:14 PM

                      A vote for Mei Long Village. I'm not crazy about their XLB - good flavor but seldom enough soup and they fall apart too easily - but their fried potstickers are excellent.

                      Mei Long Village
                      301 W Valley Blvd Ste 112, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                      1. re: estone888
                        Ciao Bob Jul 5, 2011 12:31 PM

                        I love those!!!!!

                        1. re: Ciao Bob
                          reality check Jul 5, 2011 04:27 PM

                          Dumpling House in Temple City had great potstickers!! Too bad they closed.

                          Dumpling House Restaurant
                          5612 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

                        2. re: estone888
                          sushigirlie Jul 7, 2011 09:12 PM


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                          jessejames Jul 5, 2011 12:00 PM

                          I agree with you on Luscious. Some may howl but I still enjoy the large and meaty potstickers from yang chow in chinatown.

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