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Oct 29, 2011 12:57 PM

Fish Skin Fish Dumplings at Ivy's Deli; Xiao Long Bao (XLB) Too

In the past few years fish dumplings have become a popular item available at many authentic Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles. Interestingly this seems to be an LA thing, in that it is much less common in the San Francisco Bay and unheard of in Manhattan and other Chinatowns. Imagine my surprise then when I walked into Ivy's Deli and saw fish dumplings on the menu. My surprise escalated when I found out that the thick wrappers were fish skin wrappers, i.e., wrappers that looked like regular flour dumpling or wonton wrappers, but which were made of some kind of fish flour, giving a chewy, almost elastic quality. Fish skin wrappers are rare in the US, and I have never seen fish skin fish dumplings anywhere. Ivy's Deli also has a relatively short but extremely eclectic menu, including xiao long bao, clams in rose wine sauce, rice balls in rice wine sauce, tomato pork, roasted eel and fried rice buns. Ivy's Deli is is in the shopping center at 8650 Spicewood Springs, the same center as Asia Cafe and Asia Market, in the corner of the center.

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  1. !!! this sounds exciting!

    1. It does sound exciting. Thanks for posting about it. I haven't noticed Ivy's before.

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      1. re: ridgeback

        Ivy's apparently opened early this year, so it's probably not on the radar. I really wish I could find this eclectic menu in the LA area.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Saw the yelp listing and website, it is a froyo and snack shop... But I must say their pic of fish skin dumplings looks like the real deal...yet they also offer other regional Chinese items which is interesting. Great find!

          1. re: K K

            Yes, I almost didn't go in because the most visible signage referred to frozen yogurt. However as I approached I saw a sign in the window touting their dim sum, so I went in.

            Seeing a picture of the fish dumplings is tormenting since I'm back in L.A. now.


            1. re: Chandavkl

              Thanks to Chandavkl we made it to Ivy's for the fish dumplings today and they are as knockout as described. Pretty unimpressed at the rest of the dim sum offerences (bbq pork buns). Next time we'll have to try more ambitious fare.

              1. re: Carter B.

                the website said soup dumplings. anyone try those?

      2. btw: both morgan's deals and groupon now have deals this week for ivy's deli.

        1. Is Ivy's still open? We stopped by today for some dumplings and the door was open but the lights were off, the tables were gone, and no one answered.

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          1. re: Carter B.

            Website is gone, too. Guess the place was too good to be true.

          2. I think another post has a rumor about Ivy's opening near the IKEA in Round Rock? Maybe they moved?

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            1. re: amykragan

              Unless they were just closed for some serious cleaning, I would guess that they changed their minds on having two restaurants and just moved operations to Round Rock:


              The new one already has Yelp "reviews". It's apparently been open for two weeks.

              New website: