Fish (and Other Varieties Of) XLB At Wang Xing Ji in San Gabriel
Thanks to JThur01 for the heads up of the opening of Wang Xing Ji, subtitled Juicy Dumpling, in San Gabriel Square. Since I never found the fish XLB at Dean Sin World (they looked at me real funny the two times I asked over there), I'm happy to have found them at Wang Xing Ji. It wasn't until my order arrived that I figured out that "Juicy Dumpling" referred to XLB (or for the benefit of our New York friends, the dreaded term "soup dumpling") as opposed to real dumplings. This would mean that the other varieties, such as vegetarian dumplings, are also XLB. As JThur01 points out, the signage also proclaims "Since 1913", so Wang Xing Ji is headquartered in the mother country, apparently in Wuxi. Street address is 140 W. Valley Bl., #211. For those keeping score, this restaurant opened at the tail end of 2011.
In other news at the same mall, the name of the Guilin rice noodle soup restaurant has changed from Eight Cafe to Grains Taste Rice Noodle. But the menu inside says Snowy Queen Rice Noodle. And the logos are all identical, so I don't know what's going on, though the food seems the same.
Finally, as an additional item to JThur01's Alhambra update, canoodle has opened up across the street from the former Gourmet Island in the spot that was previously a ramen restaurant. canoodle seems to serve a wide variety of items based on its exterior signage, including pho, ramen, pizza and pasta.
Glad you found those. I hadn't had time to go over the menu, but when I noticed them, I was going to point them out to you. I wondered if "juicy" meant XLB. So, how were they?
Thanks for the update on the Guilin place. I only got to the mall at closing time and happened to notice the new signage for WXJ. A waitress went in and got a takeout menu for me.
Don't know if the fish was too soft or there was too much gelatin, but it was kind of a soupy mess. Filling was all fish, but I have no idea about the broth used. It's definitely worth trying for the varieties of XLB and the apparently storied history of this restaurant chain in China.
I tried the "juicy fish dumplings", but mine didn't really have any "soup" to them. Now, don't get me wrong, the filling was great - a good sole filling with veggies - but mine seemed like regular sole & veggie dumpling filling inside of a XLB wrapper. Sounds like you had the opposite, too much broth. I had none.
And, further on Snowy Queen Rice Noodle, the location a few blocks east on Valley (in the SG Superstore plaza) is also now called Snowy Queen Rice Noodle, so apparently a name change for the Eight Cafes.