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Frozen Dumplings?

As the title states, I'm looking for the best frozen Asian dumplings, preferably from a market or restaurant in the SGV.

It's easy to find the gyoza-esque type with a thinner wrapper - the O'Tasty brand (love the name) is pretty solid. However, I'm looking for the kind with the doughy/thicker skin, which I assume is more northern Chinese - like you get at 101 Noodle Express - but I could be wrong.

Any suggestions for Asian markets or restaurants in the SGV that sell frozen dumplings made in this style would be appreciated.


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  1. Dean Sin World comes immediately to mind for their frozen dumplings.

        1. re: STEVEMIU

          They're really more about the hand cut noodles though. Not sure if I've even had dumplings there.

          1. re: JeMange

            If doughy/thicker skin is what you like, then you will love these. You can order one and try it there at $5.95 for 10, if you like it you can take home a pack of 50 for $15, if you don't, you don't have to go back.

            1. re: STEVEMIU

              it's my take that the dough on the dumplings are pretty much an extension of the noodles - thick & chewy - so that if you like the noodles at the restaurant in the JTYH plaza which calls themselves heavy noodling II, you will like the dumplings; it's kinda difficult to mess up dumpling filling, although the place that took over michelle's pancake tries really hard to do so and succeeds with their beef filled pies.

              1. re: barryc

                Sounds awesome, actually. I love the chewiness of the noodles so I'm guessing I'll love the dumpling wrappers by extension.


                1. re: JeMange

                  No, not exactly.

                  Would you judge an Italian restaurant's pizza based on its house-made pasta? Or vice versa? I hope not.

        2. What about frozen soup dumplings? Do they exist? In OC?

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          1. re: josephnl

            XLB are available frozen, but I haven't had any that were all that great

            Diho Bakery in Irvine, for example, sells a pretty wide selection of frozen dumplings including XLB.

            1. re: josephnl

              101 Noodle Express sells many excellent frozen dumplings. Around $24 for 50 of them. Much better than the ones you get in the frozen section at 99 Ranch.

              Not sure if their XLB is available frozen. Their dumplings are better anyways.

              1. re: Porthos

                Thanks, I'll head over there tomorrow.

            2. Mama Lu's sells frozen dumplings and XLB.

              1. frozen, thicker skin by Tianjin ladies: Fortune No. 1

                I like the 3-fresh, and the beef with chives.

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                  1. re: chrishei

                    cheaper than 1 bowl of ramen at Tsujita?

                    ie., $6 for 22. I don't know wtf it's 22 and not 20, or 25, since the competition sell 50s but I prefer the 20ish bags over 50s. If you're lucky, they'll have some dill ones. those are friggin bomb if not a bit salty.

                1. Many places have frozen dumplings. Some great suggestions here so far.

                  Didn't someone mention Mama's Kitchen selling from the freezer? If so, a good variety available there.

                  XLB: Dean Sin World - with the caveat some have reported a drop-off.

                  Fish dumplings: Qingdao Bread Food. Some will criticize this, but until coming up with a better alternative, this is the default choice.

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                  1. re: JThur01

                    try the ones at flavor garden. they may not be better, but they're at least comparable IMO.

                    1. re: barryc

                      I tried. I went in, hoping to pick up a bag to take home, but the waiter told me they didn't sell frozen dumplings.

                  2. Several years ago, while at Ding Tai Fung (Arcadia), I inquired if they have frozen XLB for sale. The waitress reply that they don't but can custom freeze some freshly made ones for me to go. The cost is the same as dine-in. I did not ordered any but made a mental note of the fact.

                      1. re: selfportrait93

                        Thanks! After I posted, I realized I should've first searched for similar threads.