10053 Valley Blvd
El Monte, CA
We came here not because of high yelp ratings or because a friend recommended it, buy we came because my bf’s mom saw an ad in the Chinese newspaper for it. So, why not, eh?
Of the dumplings (jiao zi) that we tried (three color dumplings, pork and celery dumpling, crab/sea cucumber/pork dumpling), they were actually pretty tasty. The meat fillings were juicy and the dumpling skin had great chewy texture.
I was pretty disappointed with the “juicy” pork dumplings (xiao long bao) because out of the 10 dumplings, only one had juice! Also the skin was not as thin and well made as my #1 love, Din Tai Fung’s juicy pork dumplings. Juice and texture fail.
We also had small side dishes of beef tendon, drunken chicken and beef noodle soup, which were mediocre at best.
Conclusion: This restaurant is a good option if you want a variety of good dumplings, but of the other dishes that we tried (beef noodle soup, beef tendon, juicy dumplings), they were mediocre at best. 4/5 for the dumplings of the non-xiao long bao kind. 3/5 overall.