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Feb 1, 2013 06:11 PM

"Different" or unique Dumpling fillings?

Ok, I know the standards, pork with (fill in blank), fish (sole)...but does anyone know of SGV places that have dumpling fillings that are, for lack of a better term "out of the norm", less common, etc.?

I can start with the Hai Chang Dumplings at Beijing Duck House. Any other suggestions?

I've seen beef with caraway at JTYH. Anyone else? Bueller?

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  1. Likely you won't find this in the SGV, but in Japan you can get Bao filled with pizza sauce and a little cheese. (They are called "piza-man" since Bao are called "man" in Japanese.) There is also a curry version, "kari-man".

    The "piza-man" is one of the most unique fillings I have experienced.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      wouldn't that be rather similar to a mini-calzone?

      1. re: barryc

        Not really, because the bun is steamed. Also, the filling is more one-dimensional -- just sauce and a little cheese, no real meat.

    2. Why so you consider sea cucumber dumplings unique?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        How common are dumplings that have sea cucumber (and only sea cucumber) in them?

        I'll even settle for pork with uncommon second items (beyond cabbage, etc.) or fish differing from sole.

        One more to add. Mackerel dumplings at Dalian Small Stone.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          So, who has the best sea cucumber dumplings?*

          *sea cucumber only, no shrimp, no crab, no mix...jus' sea cucumber.

          1. re: JThur01

            I don't know, but I personally think an all sea cucumber dumpling would be on the far side of disgusting.

            FYI. We used to mix in chopped sea dumplings into our pork dumpling fillings to give it extra moist and "slippery" mouthfeel.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              "FYI. We used to mix in chopped sea dumplings..."

              Were those Sea C dumplings or just Sea dumplings? ;-D>

        2. Are there any duck dumplings any more in the SGV? One predecessor of Why Thirsty had them. They weren't very good. Manhattan has all kinds of crazy dumplings that I'm glad we don't have out here.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            Doesn't (or didn't) Beijing Duck House have them?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Last menu I have for them, they aren't listed...but, in addition to the sea worm, they have scallop and...

              radish stripe with oyster dumplings

              1. re: JThur01

                "Sea intestine" sounds so much more interesting than "sea worm".

                1. re: JThur01

                  Where do they have sea worms at ?

                  1. re: kevin

                    JThur01 was referring to those offered at Beijing Duck House in San Gabriel.

              2. re: Chandavkl

                Doesn't 101 Noodle? Pretty sure I had them there before.

                1. re: BrewNChow

                  101 Noodle has "xiao long tang bao" made with duck, along with beef, pork and fish (aka 四味小籠湯包 or "four flavor soup dumplings")

                  But no dumplings made with just duck.

              3. I think somebody still does scallop dumplilngs, but I don't remember who.

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                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Sea Harbour has a fish roe with scallop dumpling, an Eggplant Stuffed with Shrimp Paste and one of my favorites is their Sticky Rice Ball Stuffed with Salty Egg.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Will be going to 101 Noodle Express a couple of times this month so I can spam the 'ish out of your first DOM :)

                    2. re: Chandavkl

                      i think is the restarurant formerly known as Dumpling 10051 (was that the correct address) ????

                      but now it has a new name name.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Dumpling 10053 made the greatest scallop dumplings in the old days. I believed it changed hands and the new owner took it off the menu. Not sure if the new Fortune Dumpling location in Monterey Park carries scallop dumplings.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            That reminds me, I believe 100 Dumpling has some different fillings...

                    3. There's a Beijing style jiaozi restaurant in Hong Kong famous for tomato and egg dumplings/jiaozi


                      西紅柿雞蛋餃. As pedestrian as this is, it's not easy to get this right. Any place serves this in SGV?

                      The last one is fennel and pork, but nothing interesting there.

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                      1. re: K K

                        East Dumpling in Rosemead used to have the tomato egg dumpling, but they closed down a couple of years ago.