Robert's Russian specializes in all different types of Eastern European dumplings. There's khingali (Georgian dumplings) , vareniki (Ukrainian) and pelmenis (Russian dumplings).
A Taiwanese-implant Din Tai Fung has been the city's favorite for xiaolongbaos (XLB) -- miniature dumplings infused with broth. The wait time is tough to bear, but they have a worldwide reputation for best XLBs. Their house beef noodle soup isn't bad either.
Two words: yak momos. They're a wondrously stuffed with minced yak and shaped like a star. For those not too into the unconventional, Tibet-Nepal House also has great curry options.
The dumplings are terribly addicting. We recommend the chive, egg and shrimp variety. It's a tiny shop and if you go during rush hours, there's almost always a wait.
The Parish is a Casey Lane gastropub with amazing beer flight selections and some of the best grub in town. Try the bone marrow and oyster poutine. They're classic pub food with a slightly fancy twist. They also do great ricotta dumplings.
Owned by the daughter of Mrs. Lu from Dean Sin World, it's a Chinese resto with flaky cong you bing and good dumplings. Try the Shanghai-style rice cakes.
The owner of Dean Sin World is the queen of dumplings in the SGV. A lot of the Shanghainese restaurants nearby buy from here. She also makes a great crab shell pastry.
Tara's Himalayan Cuisine is a rare breed in Los Angeles. The yak chili is a spicy kick of sautéed yak meat and they make great momos (Himalayan dumplings) accompanied with a tomato achaar sauce.
Pao Jao has some of the best Korean shrimp dumplings in town. It's cylindrical shaped and stuffed with chili paste and chives. This dumpling is spicy but you'll wish you ordered more. Guaranteed.
Massive Jiangsu-style tang (soup) dumplings stuffed with minced pork and crab? Wang Xing Ji is a tourist attraction in itself. You eat these babies by sticking a straw into its leathery exterior and sucking out all the soup.
The interior channels the bohemian glamour of 1930s Shanghai. It's a dim sum joint that great for a date. Try the stone-pot fried rice and the perfectly pan-fried pork buns, or sheng jian baos.