Los Angeles is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems some Angelenos just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
Chef Bryant Ng of the Spice Table is a fan of the SGV. He's also a fan of dumplings. In the SGV. He recommends trying the pan-fried sole dumplings with napa cabbage and pork at Lusciuos Dumplings:
"Living in the San Gabriel Valley, I'll have to say that I'm extremely fortunate to have so many dining options, a gamut of regional Asian cuisines. The First World 'problem' I have is deciding where to go. It's a solid rotation of favorite joints with a sprinkling of new places to explore. One favorite is Luscious Dumpling. There's usually a line outside because the place has about 8 tables. But the young ping pong playa-esque staff is very efficient and that line moves quickly. As the name implies, they do have dumplings that are luscious. The pan fried sole dumplings with napa cabbage and pork are required eating. The sole adds a nice juiciness that you'd swear you were eating a soup filled xiao long bao disguised as a pan fried dumpling. The 'skin' of the dumpling has the perfect thickness and the bottom is cooked to a crunchy-crispy mahogany, adding texture to the soft dumpling. Does it really need to be dunked into a mixture of chile sauce and vinegar? Probably not, but it changes up the flavor after the first three you eat straight up."·All Dining Confidential Coverage [~ELA~]
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