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Feb 1, 2013 02:18 AM

Dumplings - LA Dish of the Month (Feb 2013)

In one of the closest votes in decades (ok, months) the results are in.

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for Feb 2013 is dumplings.

Here's a link to the vote:

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of dumplings as possible during the month of February! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

All types of dumpling preparations are fair game (yes, even XLB)! Looking forward to seeing what people find.

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  1. Here we go.

    Trieu Chau Santa Ana. The one on Newhope.

    House special noodles. Small white noodles. No pork balls. Add wonton.

    Wontons are pork with a faint hint of minced shrimp.

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    1. re: Porthos

      You should get some sort of prize for not only being the first (which you normally are anyway), but the fastest.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        You *are* the DOM MC.

        I like burgundy, pizza, dumplings...that magical 20% off card some people have at Elite...

        1. re: Porthos

          My "BOGO Geoduck card at Sea Harbour" just expired ...

    2. I suspect that most will vote for Asian dumplings. As much as I like Asian dumplings, the Lithuanian Dumplings served at Cafe Montana are always a special treat. "Koldunai - Lithuanian style meat dumplings served with crumbled bacon and sour cream"

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      1. re: maudies5

        Many of us voted dumplings in the hopes that someone will report back with non Asian dumplings.

        1. re: maudies5

          I agree it would be nice to have a nice sampling if dumplings from all cuisines.

          maudies5, why not set aside time to try the Lithuanian dumplings at Cafe Montana during the next 28 days and report back?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I have had the Cafe Montana dumplings many times. It is the only reason I go to Cafe Montana. I love that dish.

            1. re: maudies5

              I think ipse is gently coaxing you to be active and try dish of the month this month. Maybe come back with a nice pic of said delicious meat dumpling...

        2. A dumpling is a filling (meat, meat/veg, veg) is wrapped within a dough, right? XLB are my favorite. However, I'd love to hear about some non-Asian like empenadas or prirogis.

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          1. re: granadafan

            Please see my post re: Lithuanian Dumplings

            1. re: granadafan

              That definition I believe is overinclusive. Because if it was just a meat (or meat / veg) wrapped in dough than a Beef Wellington would technically qualify as a dumpling ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Empanadas and pastels are probably just as "dumpling" as Samosa. Wikipedia "dumplings" is pretty broad and includes samosas, empanadas, and a whole mess of other stuff. No beef wellington though.

                If Empanadas are on the table, I'll go scope out this Argentinian empanada place I've driven by many times but never tried...

                Granadafan, you should go this month and report back on your favorite empanada place!

              2. re: granadafan

                Well, what about soup dumplings?

                1. re: ns1

                  See above:

                  "All types of dumpling preparations are fair game (yes, even XLB)! Looking forward to seeing what people find."

                2. re: granadafan

                  Dumplings don't necessarily have to have filling, e.g., gnocchi, spätzle, knöpfle, pantruca.

                3. Here's today's dumpling outing.

                  First person to guess where this was gets my car that I use as a daily driver as a door prize.


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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Your daily driver is the white BMW, right?

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Hah! Small world, ipse. I too, was at Din Tai Fung earlier today! I see you parked your Bimmer near my "Saturday Ferrari", as well...

                          My first thought was also ROC, but their tabletops are dark brown.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            I thought DTF because of the steamed pork and shrimp dumplings but the shrimp fried rice at DTF is white not brown.

                            Also, I don't remember a clothing store in that plaza.

                            Plus, ipse wouldn't be caught dead at DTF. Only thing acceptable is the chicken soup and no chicken soup was in the photo ;)

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Clothing store is across from DTF, next to JJ and the Hello Kitty store (which for some reason always gives me the creeps).

                        2. The best reason to take part of L.A. Dish of the month? It'll make your life so much easier...

                          Case in point... today we were thinking, what shall we do for lunch. And instead of the usual "I dunno... what do you want to do?" game... we said Dumplings! And since we were in Culver City, one of the obivous choices was Tara's Himalayan and their Tibetan dumplings, Momos...

                          Tara's offers two different type of Momos... Steamed, which we find a little waterlogged so the flavor of of the fillings is a bit diluted and kothey or pan fried, which is our preferred Momo experience... Although they tend to be a touch on the damp side, especially when compared to something like Pot Stickers/Goyoza, the pan frying allows the filling to get really juicy and the unique flavor coming from the Himalayan blend of spices come through.

                          Regardless of Momo type, at Tara's the dipping sauce used is a creamy spicy tomato sauce. It's quite good, again, unique. However, what we REALLY love with these Momos is their spicy sauce, again, it's spicy, but also has some unique flavors due to spices like Jimbu (A dried onion) and Szechuan Peppercorn... You have to ask for it separately (Spicy sauce with the Jimbu), but it's worth the trouble!



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                          1. re: Dommy

                            Thanks for the report, Dommy!

                            We need that slogan to be on the masthead.

                            "The best reason to take part of L.A. Dish of the month? It'll make your life so much easier..."