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

Chandavkl Apr 10, 2013 10:42 AM

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


  1. blimpbinge Apr 10, 2013 11:42 AM

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

    hoo? hoo?

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    1. re: blimpbinge
      JThur01 Apr 10, 2013 11:55 AM

      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
        blimpbinge Apr 10, 2013 01:13 PM

        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
          JThur01 Apr 11, 2013 09:08 AM

          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
            blimpbinge Apr 11, 2013 09:44 AM

            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
              JThur01 Apr 11, 2013 01:14 PM

              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
              blimpbinge Apr 30, 2013 01:36 PM

              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
                JThur01 Apr 30, 2013 03:16 PM

                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. j
        JThur01 Apr 10, 2013 11:54 AM

        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
          Chandavkl Apr 10, 2013 12:29 PM

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

          1. re: Chandavkl
            bulavinaka Apr 10, 2013 12:56 PM

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

            1. re: Chandavkl
              JThur01 Apr 10, 2013 04:35 PM

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

              Cuttlefish Ink bread with sausage...hmmm.

            2. re: JThur01
              ClarissaW Apr 10, 2013 09:22 PM

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

              1. re: ClarissaW
                JThur01 Apr 11, 2013 09:22 AM

                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.

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