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Battle of the Potstickers

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?

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

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

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

        2. 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.

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          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

            Rumor has it they closed. True or not?

            1. re: J.L.

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

              1. re: ipsedixit

                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

                    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!

            2. 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.

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

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              1. re: luckattack

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

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  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?

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

              2. 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

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

                2. 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

                    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

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

                      1. re: J.L.

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

                        1. re: ipsedixit

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

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            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

                              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

                      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.

                    3. 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

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

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          Get the meat pies at Beijing Pie House.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                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

                                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

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

                                  1. re: liu

                                    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.

                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/v655Ci...

                                    Mr Taster

                                    1. re: Mr Taster

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

                        2. 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.
                          DEERFIELD GARDEN
                          130 S ATLANTIC BLVD
                          MONTEREY PARK

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                          1. re: Jerome

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

                            1. re: echoparkdirt

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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...