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Dumpling 10053 Update? El Monte

Dave MP Jun 4, 2012 09:54 AM

Back in 2007, I ate at Dumpling 10053 and had awesome shrimp and leek dumplings. I thought they were the best i'd ever had. See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/406527

I am heading back to LA this weekend, and was hoping to go on Saturday, but I have heard from a friend that the restaurant is under new ownership. Any reports on if the dumplings are still good?

If not, where should i being for the best dumplings in Los Angeles area?

Thanks!

Dave MP

  1. MonsieurKnowItAll Jun 4, 2012 11:36 PM

    Flying under the radar, Tasty Noodle House (San Gabriel) rivals Luscious and crushes Fortune when it comes to dumplings. Funny thing is, dumplings are not even their specialty.

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    1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll
      ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 07:29 AM

      The Guo Bu Li Baozi and hot and sour soup are ok, everything else there is not memorable. Go there for their leavened products, if you have to order a non-leavened item, go with noodles.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        Peripatetic Jun 5, 2012 08:53 AM

        I'm a fan of their green onion pancake.

    2. ipsedixit Jun 4, 2012 08:36 PM

      Just go to Luscious Dumpling and put yourself out of misery.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Dave MP Jun 5, 2012 03:53 PM

        What are the best things to order at Luscious? I really mostly wanted to go back to 10053 for the shrimp and chive dumplings, so a great version of those would be ideal.

        1. re: Dave MP
          ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 08:50 PM

          Luscious has a shrimp, chive and pork dumpling.

          101 Noodle has many shrimp varieties, but none with chives if I recall correctly. Spinach and shrimp is as close as it gets.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Porthos Jun 5, 2012 09:03 PM

            101 Noodle Express Irvine has a yellow chive shrimp pork dumpling. Check yelp photos of the menu (#48=boiled, #71=pan fried).

            Not sure if the other branches do though.

            1. re: Porthos
              raytamsgv Jun 6, 2012 02:17 PM

              101 Noodle Express in Arcadia has them: Leek Shrimp Pork dumplings. They also have Scallop w/ Leek Pork Dumplings. You can get them either boiled or pan fried.

              There is also a Yellow Leek Pork dumpling as well.

          2. re: Dave MP
            Dave MP Jun 6, 2012 03:11 PM

            I'm pretty sure the ones I remember had no pork....they were essentially shrimp dumplings, with bits of chive that added to the shrimp flavor.

        2. TonyC Jun 4, 2012 10:24 AM

          original 10053 team has renamed & removed themselves to "Fortune Dumpling":
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806492

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          1. re: TonyC
            Dave MP Jun 4, 2012 11:11 AM

            Thanks! Any info from someone who's been to Fortune Dumpling recently would be great! I also posted about it in that thread.

            Dave MP

          2. Servorg Jun 4, 2012 10:23 AM

            You might give Mama Lu's a chance to tickle your dumpling diver taste buds while your down here.

            Mama Lu's
            153 E Garvey Ave
            Monterey Park, CA 91755
            (626) 307-5700

            1. Porthos Jun 4, 2012 10:03 AM

              Welcome back.

              Dumpling 10053 was already going downhill when I tried it 1 year after you.

              Do Dean Sin World for boiled dumplings (leek with pork) and shen jian bao (pan fried buns).

              The 101 Noodle Express chains have a large selection of different types of dumplings. Try them boiled AND pan fried. The shrimp and pork with yellow chives is a personal favorite (good either way) as is the wild vegetable pork dumplings.

              Also consider Din Tai Fung for XLB, steamed fish dumplings, and steamed pork and shrimp dumplings. Their steamed chicken soup is good as is their shrimp fried rice with a side order of pork chop.

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              1. re: Porthos
                westsidegal Jun 5, 2012 11:52 AM

                porthos,
                to your knowledge, which would you say would be the best for a pescatarian or a vegetarian?

                no pork, no poultry, no stock made from land animals, no lard, etc

                in the old days 10053 had a number of offerings that worked for vegetarians (shredded tofu side dishes and the like).

                1. re: westsidegal
                  Porthos Jun 5, 2012 01:52 PM

                  To my knowledge each of the places I've listed has a fish dumpling option. I *think* they are all 100% fish but I cannot be 100% sure about there being no animal products.

                  Sorry. Maybe Ipse has a good vegetarian dimpling rec?

                  1. re: Porthos
                    ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 08:52 PM

                    101 Noodle, Luscious, Mama's Lu all have vegetarian dumplings.

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