If there was a power ranking for foods that require way too much effort for how quickly they're consumed, handmade dumplings have to be near the top of the list. If you've ever had to wait in line at a Din Tai Fung, you've invariably peered through those giant glass windows to see how each little xiao long bao is handmade and felt a mixture of incredulousness (all that for ONE?) and, well, existential guilt. You just ate a solid 10 minutes of skilled human labor in 2 minutes, and you didn't even blow on the dumplings to cool them down, did you?
Well, if you're the type of person who's into that type of thing (and don't worry, there's a ton of us), Los Angeles is your dumpling mecca. From Chinese guo tie, to Japanese gyoza, to Korean mandu, to Georgian khinkali, to Himalayan momo, to Russian pelmeni, to whoever's going to take credit for manti, seriously. You get the point.Read More