Dumpling 10053

Dumpling 10053
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.

Thanksgiving nom nom’s

Fat Girl’s Thanksgiving 2008 Food Adventures…. (minus BIMI which is closed on sunday! i was going to try a new restaurant…. *whine…) anyhoo. oldies but goodies (Class 302, Echigo, Din Tai Fung, Sapp Coffee Shop) always hits the spot – lots of noodles and chinese breakfast items + one newbie (Yung Ho Restaurant)

Class 302 – oh boy. tho i’ve never had metal boxed lunches, but sitting in an old school chinese classroom replica and in cute little wooden desks brought feelings of nostalgiat that i shouldn’t have, strange feeling, but tasty!! sorry… i was so huungry i forgot to take pictures! next time, i promise. the box lunch i had had crispy chicken roll (ji juen), chinese sausage, and minced pork and pickled veggies.
1015 S. Nogales St, #125
Rowland Heights CA 91748

Echigo click for old post. and pics. winner winner as usual or as I like to say “weener!”. “crab hand roll.” do i need to say more?
12217 Santa Monica Blvd #201
Los Angeles CA 90025

Yung Ho – known for decent chinese breakfast, dou jiang, you tiao, etc. etc. it was decently yummy. we had onion pancake/cong you bing, beef noodle/hong xiao niu rou mian, sweet soy milk and xiao bing
533 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91778

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Din Tai Fung – yea baby! juicy pork dumplings. you know this texture whore luvs it. the thin hand rolled skin. the juicy pork filling. the hot broth that squirts out of the dumpling! omgoodness nom nom’s
1108 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia CA 91007

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Sapp Coffee Shop – anthony bourdain likes it. i like it. my thai friend likes it. winner? i think so! flavor burst of noodles and beef beefy spicy goodness. i think the broth is so precious that they give you just enough to cover the noodles and meat. i slurped up everything. EVERYTHING.
5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90027

thai boat noodles!