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Cathy Chaplin

16 Excellent Chinese Dumplings to Try in Los Angeles

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Pan fried dumplings from Tasty Noodle House
| Cathy Chaplin

Dumplings are traditionally eaten on Lunar New Year’s Day as a lucky food. The doughy pouches resemble bags of money, and as such eating dumplings on the holiday supposedly portends good fortune in the coming year.

That said, even if it isn’t quite the Lunar New Year, it doesn’t hurt to hedge one’s bets with a healthy helping of dumplings every once in a while. Not only are the little pockets delicious, they’re relatively affordable for eating out, too.

Without further ado, here are 16 great places to get Chinese dumplings (and buns) in Los Angeles in no particular order.

Removed: Tianjin Bistro, Long Xing Ji, One One Dumpling

Added: Cindy’s Kitchen, You Kitchen

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Din Tai Fung

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400 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 446-8588
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The standard bearer for xiao long bao (soup dumplings), Din Tai Fung’s impossibly thin wrappers have just enough transparency to show soup underneath while still packing a rich soup and meat filling.

2. Mason's Dumpling Shop

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5803 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7187
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This new Highland Park strip mall shop comes from the folks behind Luscious Dumplings in Arcadia, and everything tastes just as good as the SGV version. Prices are slightly higher but honestly, it’s worth saving the trip out east. Try the pan fried pork dumplings and the baby bok choy with oyster sauce. —Matthew Kang

Pan fried pork dumplings at Mason’s Dumpling Shop
Pan fried pork dumplings at Mason’s Dumpling Shop
Matthew Kang

3. Tasty Noodle House

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827 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 284-8898
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It’s easy to miss Tasty Noodle House, what with Golden Deli so prominently nearby, but this small shop puts out a doughy fried pork bun that’s got a crunchy bottom not unlike the shengjianbao at Kang Kang Food Court.

Tasty Noodle House
Cathy Chaplin

4. Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

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704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 281-9888
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Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous Hui Tou dumplings are flat-sided potstickers that get a nice maillard reaction on both sides. A little heavy on the white onion, the pockets are savory with a filling that’s downright scalding hot.

5. Happy Noodle

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4107, 4815 El Monte Ave
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 279-7558
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Uncovering the vegetarian dumplings at Happy Noodles was thanks to a post on bustling bulletin board community at Food Talk Central, and the squash, wood-ear mushroom and glass noodle filled dumplings don’t disappoint.

6. Pine and Crane

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1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 668-1128
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Pine and Crane is as good as Chinese food gets west of the 110, and that’s not much of a qualifier here: The pan fried pork buns with kurobuta pork stand up to anything in the SGV.

7. Mian

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301 W Valley Blvd #114
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 693-6888
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Mian has no qualms about slinging exceedingly spicy Sichuan-style noodles to anyone who asks, but it might also be smart to ask for a serving of those famous chao shou. With a healthy punch of ma la, or numbing spice, the familiar grassy Sichuan chili oil takes already-solid wontons to the next level.

Spicy sauced wontons at Mian restaurant in a dark bowl.
Chao shou at Mian
Matthew Kang

8. Zui Xiang Yuan

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1269 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-3549
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Zui Xiang Yuan occupies the old Flavor Garden space, and in a trend that’s becoming increasingly familiar, occupies the same Flavor Garden menu and specialties — including those great leek and scrambled egg pockets.

9. 101 Noodle Express

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1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8654
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101 Noodle Express might famous for their beef rolls, but the thick-skinned potstickers also get heavy rotation alongside the hand-pulled noodle dishes.

10. Kang Kang Food Court

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27 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 308-3898

At this point it hardly bears repeating that Kang Kang has some of the best sheng jian bao in the game — those shatteringly crunchy-fried pleated tops and scalding soupy filling are as trademark as it gets in the SGV. That said, on a list of dumplings in Los Angeles, omitting Kang Kang’s sheng jian bao would probably amount to a minor crime.

Pan-fried bao from Kang Kang Food Court
Pan-fried bao from Kang Kang Food Court
Matthew Kang

11. You Kitchen

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1402 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 977-8088
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You Kitchen’s handmade wontons, pork and fennel dumplings and shengjianbao are exceptional in the city. Opened in late 2018, this relative newcomer to the SGV has been winning over hearts with its electronic ordering system and doughy, crunchy “big mouth pockets” filled with minced pork, green onion and cilantro.

Dumplings at You Kitchen on a metal tray.
Dumplings at You Kitchen
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12. Northern Cafe

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8459 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3493

Whether it’s steamed pork and cabbage or xiao long bao, the Beverly Grove branch of this rapidly expanding chain plays all the hits in some tony digs. Able to stand up to much of the SGV, it’s a welcome development in a part of town dotted with high-end dining options.

xiao long bao dumplings in a metal tin on a wooden table.
Xiao Long Bao at Northern Cafe
Joshua Lurie

13. Qing Dao Bread Food

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301 N Garfield Ave G
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 312-6978

Qing Dao Bread Food has a funny name and an absolute date-destroying garlic sauce that’s perfect paired with its boiled dumpling options. Whether it’s beef or sole and chinese parsley, there are no dumpling duds at QDBF.

14. Golden Pouch

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3324 W 6th St E-1
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2700

Golden Pouch has been a more-than-serviceable respite for many of those unwilling to make the trek all the way to the San Gabriel Valley proper, including some well-constructed xiao long bao and dim sum offerings.

Golden Pouch dumplings in a paper box.
Golden Pouch
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Beijing Pie House

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846 E Garvey Ave #3a
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 288-3818
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Can you call a xian bing pie a dumpling? It’s worthy of “hot dog as sandwich”-level debate, but what’s not a matter of debate is Beijing Pie House offering some of the more unique fried dumplings in the area, including pumpkin with pork, shrimp, and basil, eggplant and pork varieties.

16. Cindy's Kitchen

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16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 961-0789
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The Taiwanese restaurant with the killer leek and pork dumplings is a bit of a drive for most Angelenos, but it’s one of a few great options for dumplings in Hacienda Heights, along with Rowland Heights an oft-overlooked area for some great Chinese food in general.

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1. Din Tai Fung

400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

The standard bearer for xiao long bao (soup dumplings), Din Tai Fung’s impossibly thin wrappers have just enough transparency to show soup underneath while still packing a rich soup and meat filling.

400 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

2. Mason's Dumpling Shop

5803 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Pan fried pork dumplings at Mason’s Dumpling Shop
Pan fried pork dumplings at Mason’s Dumpling Shop
Matthew Kang

This new Highland Park strip mall shop comes from the folks behind Luscious Dumplings in Arcadia, and everything tastes just as good as the SGV version. Prices are slightly higher but honestly, it’s worth saving the trip out east. Try the pan fried pork dumplings and the baby bok choy with oyster sauce. —Matthew Kang

5803 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

3. Tasty Noodle House

827 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tasty Noodle House
Cathy Chaplin

It’s easy to miss Tasty Noodle House, what with Golden Deli so prominently nearby, but this small shop puts out a doughy fried pork bun that’s got a crunchy bottom not unlike the shengjianbao at Kang Kang Food Court.

827 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

4. Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous Hui Tou dumplings are flat-sided potstickers that get a nice maillard reaction on both sides. A little heavy on the white onion, the pockets are savory with a filling that’s downright scalding hot.

704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

5. Happy Noodle

4107, 4815 El Monte Ave, Temple City, CA 91780

Uncovering the vegetarian dumplings at Happy Noodles was thanks to a post on bustling bulletin board community at Food Talk Central, and the squash, wood-ear mushroom and glass noodle filled dumplings don’t disappoint.

4107, 4815 El Monte Ave
Temple City, CA 91780

6. Pine and Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pine and Crane is as good as Chinese food gets west of the 110, and that’s not much of a qualifier here: The pan fried pork buns with kurobuta pork stand up to anything in the SGV.

1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Mian

301 W Valley Blvd #114, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Spicy sauced wontons at Mian restaurant in a dark bowl.
Chao shou at Mian
Matthew Kang

Mian has no qualms about slinging exceedingly spicy Sichuan-style noodles to anyone who asks, but it might also be smart to ask for a serving of those famous chao shou. With a healthy punch of ma la, or numbing spice, the familiar grassy Sichuan chili oil takes already-solid wontons to the next level.

301 W Valley Blvd #114
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Zui Xiang Yuan

1269 Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Zui Xiang Yuan occupies the old Flavor Garden space, and in a trend that’s becoming increasingly familiar, occupies the same Flavor Garden menu and specialties — including those great leek and scrambled egg pockets.

1269 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

9. 101 Noodle Express

1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

101 Noodle Express might famous for their beef rolls, but the thick-skinned potstickers also get heavy rotation alongside the hand-pulled noodle dishes.

1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

10. Kang Kang Food Court

27 Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
Pan-fried bao from Kang Kang Food Court
Pan-fried bao from Kang Kang Food Court
Matthew Kang

At this point it hardly bears repeating that Kang Kang has some of the best sheng jian bao in the game — those shatteringly crunchy-fried pleated tops and scalding soupy filling are as trademark as it gets in the SGV. That said, on a list of dumplings in Los Angeles, omitting Kang Kang’s sheng jian bao would probably amount to a minor crime.

27 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

11. You Kitchen

1402 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
Dumplings at You Kitchen on a metal tray.
Dumplings at You Kitchen
Wonho Frank Lee

You Kitchen’s handmade wontons, pork and fennel dumplings and shengjianbao are exceptional in the city. Opened in late 2018, this relative newcomer to the SGV has been winning over hearts with its electronic ordering system and doughy, crunchy “big mouth pockets” filled with minced pork, green onion and cilantro.

1402 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

12. Northern Cafe

8459 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
xiao long bao dumplings in a metal tin on a wooden table.
Xiao Long Bao at Northern Cafe
Joshua Lurie

Whether it’s steamed pork and cabbage or xiao long bao, the Beverly Grove branch of this rapidly expanding chain plays all the hits in some tony digs. Able to stand up to much of the SGV, it’s a welcome development in a part of town dotted with high-end dining options.

8459 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

13. Qing Dao Bread Food

301 N Garfield Ave G, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Qing Dao Bread Food has a funny name and an absolute date-destroying garlic sauce that’s perfect paired with its boiled dumpling options. Whether it’s beef or sole and chinese parsley, there are no dumpling duds at QDBF.

301 N Garfield Ave G
Monterey Park, CA 91754

14. Golden Pouch

3324 W 6th St E-1, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Golden Pouch dumplings in a paper box.
Golden Pouch
Wonho Frank Lee

Golden Pouch has been a more-than-serviceable respite for many of those unwilling to make the trek all the way to the San Gabriel Valley proper, including some well-constructed xiao long bao and dim sum offerings.

3324 W 6th St E-1
Los Angeles, CA 90020

15. Beijing Pie House

846 E Garvey Ave #3a, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Can you call a xian bing pie a dumpling? It’s worthy of “hot dog as sandwich”-level debate, but what’s not a matter of debate is Beijing Pie House offering some of the more unique fried dumplings in the area, including pumpkin with pork, shrimp, and basil, eggplant and pork varieties.

846 E Garvey Ave #3a
Monterey Park, CA 91755

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16. Cindy's Kitchen

16409 Colima Rd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

The Taiwanese restaurant with the killer leek and pork dumplings is a bit of a drive for most Angelenos, but it’s one of a few great options for dumplings in Hacienda Heights, along with Rowland Heights an oft-overlooked area for some great Chinese food in general.

16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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