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A colorful assortment of dumplings at Paradise Dynasty in Orange County.
Paradise Dynasty.
Matthew Kang

18 Succulent Chinese and Taiwanese Dumplings to Try in Los Angeles

Delicious, scrumptious bites that beg to be quickly photographed and gobbled while piping hot

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Dumplings are the perfect food any time of year and with an abundant number of options dotted throughout the region, one could make multiple stops in a single day. The variety of dumplings specialists prepare goes beyond just pot stickers and includes soupy xiao long bao served in bamboo baskets, crispy pan-fried buns plated hot out of the wok, and steamed-to-order dim sum delights like shrimp har gow. Here now are 18 great places to get Chinese and Taiwanese dumplings in Los Angeles.

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Colette Pasadena 人生如戲

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Chef Peter Lai’s Cantonese menu is one of LA’s most innovative and his line of dim sum includes tasty siu mai, traditional xiao long bao, and jumbo-sized har gow.

Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

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Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous dumplings are flat-sided potstickers with a perfect sear on both sides. Hui tou roughly translates to “double-take delicious” in Chinese, which is fitting for these irresistible pork-filled parcels.

Ixlb Dimsum Eats

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It’s easy to find Ixlb Dimsum Eats in Hollywood — just look for the massive dumpling mural and floor-to-ceiling windows on Sunset and Bronson. Owner Tony Ying operates this modern, minimal shop where xiao long bao dumplings and dim sum are a must.

IXLB Dimsum Eats restaurant with a dim sum mural.
The exterior of Ixlb Dimsum Eats.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bistro 1968

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Bistro 1968 serves plenty of classic dim sum fare like barbecue buns, spare ribs, rice rolls, and egg tarts. Chef Wong also executes outstanding Cantonese dumplings with modern twists, including spicy minced pork dumplings shaped like miniature pears and golden salted egg scallop dumplings.

Golden har gow on a yellow-ringed steam tray at Bistro 1968.
Bistro 1968’s golden har gow.
Matthew Kang

Mr Dragon Noodle House

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Mr Dragon’s ample portion sizes are one reason why it remains a popular spot. The soup dumplings are wonderfully juicy with excellent dough consistency, as are the pan-fried buns. Order the giant iced tea to counter the heat.

In addition to an order Mian’s exceedingly spicy Sichuan-style noodles, add on a serving of the boiled chao shou dumplings. The herby chile oil with a healthy punch of ma la takes the already-solid wontons to the next level.

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

Zui Xiang Yuan

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Zui Xiang Yuan occupies the now-closed Flavor Garden space and in a trend that’s becoming increasingly familiar, also serves some of the former tenant’s specialties including outstanding leek and scrambled egg pockets.

101 Noodle Express

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Though best known for its beef rolls, 101 Noodle Express also makes memorable thick-skinned potstickers filled with pork and a piping-hot stock. The dumplings travel and reheat well at home, just be careful of the innards splattering at first bite.

Dumplings from Chinese restaurant 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, California.
101 Noodle Express.
Euno Lee

You Kitchen

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You Kitchen has a dumpling for everyone with 13 different types on its menu including exceptional handmade wontons, pork-and-fennel-filled dumplings, and round pan-fired sheng jian bao.

Dumplings at You Kitchen on a metal tray.
Dumplings at You Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee

Thumbling

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Be sure to watch Thumbling’s dumpling makers encased in a glass room. The dumplings here are all top-tier, but the pork siu mai, xiao long bao, and pan-fried chicken bun are the best.

Huge Tree Pastry

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Don’t take it personally if staffers are a bit gruff at Huge Tree Pastry. The outstanding Taiwanese breakfasts, pork pan-fried dumplings, and pan-fried leek pies make the trouble worth it.

A storefront for Chinese bakery Huge Tree Pastry in Southern California.
Huge Tree Pastry’s entrance.
Huge Tree Pastry

p.p.pop 一条龙面馆

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Though the ramen and noodle soups are excellent at this Monterey Park establishment, it’s the hot oil pork and shrimp dumplings that appear on every table, along with the shrimp and leek variety.

Pine and Crane

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Pine and Crane owner Vivian Ku’s got Silver Lake and Downtown’s dumpling situation locked down. The pan-fried pork buns made with kurobuta pork stand up to anything served in the San Gabriel Valley. As a plus, the Downtown location has a stunning outdoor patio.

An overhead photo of mapo tofu and other Taiwanese dishes at Pine and Crane.
Pine and Crane.
Pine and Crane

Dan Modern Chinese

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Dan Modern Chinese opened its first Pasadena shop in 2018 to serve handmade dumplings like xiao long bao. There are now seven locations dotted throughout the Southland in West LA, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, and Woodland Hills.

Dan Modern Chinese dumplings in Pasadena, California.
Dan Modern Chinese.
Farley Elliott

Bafang Dumpling

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This Taiwan-based chain wants to take over the fast-casual segment in Los Angeles with locations already in Gardena, Temple City, City of Industry, and Chino Hills. Inside, expect fast-food levels of speed with pan-fried dumplings, kimchi potstickers, and steamed dumplings served with hot and sour soup, tossed sesame noodles, beef noodle soup, and fried pork chop. Take home a bag of frozen potstickers to have on hand for lazy weeknight dinners.

Array of Taiwanese dishes.
Bafang Dumpling.
Bafang Dumpling

Cindy's Kitchen

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This Taiwanese restaurant makes killer leek-and-pork dumplings in Hacienda Heights. Additional dumpling varieties include pork, shrimp, and leek, and soup dumplings with cabbage and pork.

Crystal Dumplings

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Garden Grove’s fast-casual spot Crystal Dumplings is a solid Cantonese spot for traditional dim sum dumplings like shu mai and har gow. Reservations are not accepted and the room fills up fast, so plan accordingly.

Paradise Dynasty

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Though the rainbow soup dumplings look like a social media gimmick, the flavor residing inside these hand-tucked beauties is worth the trek to Paradise Dynasty. The Singapore-based restaurant group is making major inroads in the United States on the back of these dumplings, sporting delicate wrappers and creative fillings, from black truffle and spicy Sichuan with kurobuta pork. The menu extends well beyond dumplings, from terrific beef fried rice to a swoon-worthy radish pastry that’s almost too pretty to eat.

Paradise Dynasty’s multi-colored soup dumplings in a tray in Orange County, California.
Paradise Dynasty.
Paradise Dynasty

Colette Pasadena 人生如戲

Chef Peter Lai’s Cantonese menu is one of LA’s most innovative and his line of dim sum includes tasty siu mai, traditional xiao long bao, and jumbo-sized har gow.

Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous dumplings are flat-sided potstickers with a perfect sear on both sides. Hui tou roughly translates to “double-take delicious” in Chinese, which is fitting for these irresistible pork-filled parcels.

Ixlb Dimsum Eats

It’s easy to find Ixlb Dimsum Eats in Hollywood — just look for the massive dumpling mural and floor-to-ceiling windows on Sunset and Bronson. Owner Tony Ying operates this modern, minimal shop where xiao long bao dumplings and dim sum are a must.

IXLB Dimsum Eats restaurant with a dim sum mural.
The exterior of Ixlb Dimsum Eats.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bistro 1968

Bistro 1968 serves plenty of classic dim sum fare like barbecue buns, spare ribs, rice rolls, and egg tarts. Chef Wong also executes outstanding Cantonese dumplings with modern twists, including spicy minced pork dumplings shaped like miniature pears and golden salted egg scallop dumplings.

Golden har gow on a yellow-ringed steam tray at Bistro 1968.
Bistro 1968’s golden har gow.
Matthew Kang

Mr Dragon Noodle House

Mr Dragon’s ample portion sizes are one reason why it remains a popular spot. The soup dumplings are wonderfully juicy with excellent dough consistency, as are the pan-fried buns. Order the giant iced tea to counter the heat.

Mian

In addition to an order Mian’s exceedingly spicy Sichuan-style noodles, add on a serving of the boiled chao shou dumplings. The herby chile oil with a healthy punch of ma la takes the already-solid wontons to the next level.

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

Zui Xiang Yuan

Zui Xiang Yuan occupies the now-closed Flavor Garden space and in a trend that’s becoming increasingly familiar, also serves some of the former tenant’s specialties including outstanding leek and scrambled egg pockets.

101 Noodle Express

Though best known for its beef rolls, 101 Noodle Express also makes memorable thick-skinned potstickers filled with pork and a piping-hot stock. The dumplings travel and reheat well at home, just be careful of the innards splattering at first bite.

Dumplings from Chinese restaurant 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, California.
101 Noodle Express.
Euno Lee

You Kitchen

You Kitchen has a dumpling for everyone with 13 different types on its menu including exceptional handmade wontons, pork-and-fennel-filled dumplings, and round pan-fired sheng jian bao.

Dumplings at You Kitchen on a metal tray.
Dumplings at You Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee

Thumbling

Be sure to watch Thumbling’s dumpling makers encased in a glass room. The dumplings here are all top-tier, but the pork siu mai, xiao long bao, and pan-fried chicken bun are the best.

Huge Tree Pastry

Don’t take it personally if staffers are a bit gruff at Huge Tree Pastry. The outstanding Taiwanese breakfasts, pork pan-fried dumplings, and pan-fried leek pies make the trouble worth it.

A storefront for Chinese bakery Huge Tree Pastry in Southern California.
Huge Tree Pastry’s entrance.
Huge Tree Pastry

p.p.pop 一条龙面馆

Though the ramen and noodle soups are excellent at this Monterey Park establishment, it’s the hot oil pork and shrimp dumplings that appear on every table, along with the shrimp and leek variety.

Pine and Crane

Pine and Crane owner Vivian Ku’s got Silver Lake and Downtown’s dumpling situation locked down. The pan-fried pork buns made with kurobuta pork stand up to anything served in the San Gabriel Valley. As a plus, the Downtown location has a stunning outdoor patio.

An overhead photo of mapo tofu and other Taiwanese dishes at Pine and Crane.
Pine and Crane.
Pine and Crane

Dan Modern Chinese

Dan Modern Chinese opened its first Pasadena shop in 2018 to serve handmade dumplings like xiao long bao. There are now seven locations dotted throughout the Southland in West LA, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, and Woodland Hills.

Dan Modern Chinese dumplings in Pasadena, California.
Dan Modern Chinese.
Farley Elliott

Bafang Dumpling

This Taiwan-based chain wants to take over the fast-casual segment in Los Angeles with locations already in Gardena, Temple City, City of Industry, and Chino Hills. Inside, expect fast-food levels of speed with pan-fried dumplings, kimchi potstickers, and steamed dumplings served with hot and sour soup, tossed sesame noodles, beef noodle soup, and fried pork chop. Take home a bag of frozen potstickers to have on hand for lazy weeknight dinners.

Array of Taiwanese dishes.
Bafang Dumpling.
Bafang Dumpling

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Cindy's Kitchen

This Taiwanese restaurant makes killer leek-and-pork dumplings in Hacienda Heights. Additional dumpling varieties include pork, shrimp, and leek, and soup dumplings with cabbage and pork.

Crystal Dumplings

Garden Grove’s fast-casual spot Crystal Dumplings is a solid Cantonese spot for traditional dim sum dumplings like shu mai and har gow. Reservations are not accepted and the room fills up fast, so plan accordingly.

Paradise Dynasty

Though the rainbow soup dumplings look like a social media gimmick, the flavor residing inside these hand-tucked beauties is worth the trek to Paradise Dynasty. The Singapore-based restaurant group is making major inroads in the United States on the back of these dumplings, sporting delicate wrappers and creative fillings, from black truffle and spicy Sichuan with kurobuta pork. The menu extends well beyond dumplings, from terrific beef fried rice to a swoon-worthy radish pastry that’s almost too pretty to eat.

Paradise Dynasty’s multi-colored soup dumplings in a tray in Orange County, California.
Paradise Dynasty.
Paradise Dynasty

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