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Apr 10, 2013 10:42 AM

Hooray! Not A Top 10 Listing--JThur01 on Chinese Calzones

Not everything in L.A. Weekly is a Top 10 list!

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  1. "Neither had we until a poster at Chowhound referred to an item by that term."

    hoo? hoo?

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    1. re: blimpbinge

      Ipsedixit. Did you really need to ask? :-)

      The odd thing is how I couldn't find them at either Beijing Pie House or Shang Ming, after ipse and chandavkl did, respectively.

      1. re: JThur01

        foo foo tei in hacienda heights has something similar

        i've also eaten it at one of the many dumpling houses in the sgv but the name escapes me ughh

        1. re: blimpbinge

          I neglected placing something else alongside in the photo to show their actual size. They are much larger than your average potsticker/gyoza/dumpling.

          blimpbinge. You can't remember? Really, with only that many dumpling houses in the SGV :-) Understandable!

          Some places have potstickers/pan-fried dumplings clumped with the slurry (see below), but the lu baos are much larger.

          1. re: JThur01

            hmm then it looks like I had the dumplings in sauce/slurry instead, will need to try the calzones!

            edit: after careful reading (ok, I may have skimmed over earlier.. :x) I see that these are actually BAO bao, and not just called bao but happen to be dumplings (but look like giant dumplings?).

            1. re: blimpbinge

              Yes. Even though they're on the Qingdao Bread Food menu as "Fried Stuffed Dumpling" in English, they are definitely baos - lu baos - to be precise. They are about 4x the size of average dumplings.

              I have to thank TonyC, Ipsedixit and Chandavkl for bringing these up and discussing them in the first place. The discussion can also be found searching for "guotie".

            2. re: JThur01

              So I now remember the place (Ok, my brother reminded me since my memory was fuzzy), it's called "Happy Noodle Restaurant" in Temple City.

              The concept seems similar, but now taking a look at the pics on yelp, it may not be the exact same thing. Will need to try the calzones then revisit happy noodle.



              1. re: blimpbinge

                Happy Noodle is where I took the photo in that post! :-) I had been tipped to them having the "calzone" (lu bao), but they were jiaozi together in a slurry webbing. Decent dumplings, but dumplings none the less.

                I really needed something in the lu bao photo at Qingdao for perspective. You could probably stuff three or four of the Happy Noodle dumplings into one Qingdao lu bao.

      2. Thanks chandavkl, but its likely the last that isn't a Top 10 or at least Top 5.

        If any of you like and support the idea of single item entries (or non Top 10 entries), then please click, click, click...and go through the archives and do the same with other entries.

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        1. re: JThur01

          That's OK if it's something like the "Top 2 Hai Chang Dumpling" venues.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Or the Top 1 cuttlefish ink bread with sausage place - or there more than one?

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Good grief, there's *another* place to get Hai Chang Dumpling? (if so, where?)

              Cuttlefish Ink bread with sausage...hmmm.

            2. re: JThur01

              amen. if only dish features got more clicks... :( (they're my personal favs to do)

              1. re: ClarissaW

                Yeah, it seems a shame that LA Weekly can't have the equivalent of a Robert Sietsema, pointing out regional specialties and describing them, like hai chang.