A great meal, appetizer and snack. So many Taiwanese restaurants in the Los Angeles county to have your soup dumpling cravings filled. Crab soup dumplings and pork soup dumplings help satisfy any taste buds. Los Angeles has such a huge variety of ethnic foods and if you've never tried, you won't want to miss out.
Shanghainese eatery with a xiaolongbao that packs in quite a bit of flavor. They're larger than your average soup dumpling and the skin is super thin -- almost translucent. Mei Long XLB's come in a pack of ten and it's a great option for those who prefer more meat to dough. The pricing is $5.95 for the pork and $6.95 for the crab.
Their famous juicy pork dumplings are amazing. Handmade dumpling skins and juicy pork filling = heaven. Then dip it in your vinegar and chili sauce with ginger bits.
Their XLBs are $4.99 for ten pork-filled dumplings and $8.99 for eight of the crab and pork-stuffed version. The skin is on the thicker side, and if you buy the crab dumplings, they come nestled in individual saucers to ensure that not a single drop of soup is wasted.
The owner of Dean Sin World is the real Mama Lu. Super cheap for 10, $4.85 and, to take them home, it's $13 for 50. Everything is handmade and and you can take them home and steam them yourself.
Golden Shanghai serves their soup dumplings over a wonderfully steamed piece of Napa cabbage. You get eight wonderfully pump pieces of pork for $4.35. And if you want to upgrade to crab meat, it's just a little over an extra buck ($5.50).
The larger dumpling is served with a straw as it contains a juicy vinegar inspired soupy broth. Poke it near the top middle area and not the bottom or the sides, otherwise the juice may spill. After you suck out the juice, you are left with about 8 bites of sultry dough, pork and shrimp.
ROC Kitchen is the closest thing you can get to authentic soup dumplings west of the 405. The pricing: eight pieces of pork for $7 and eight pieces of crab-filled versions for $9.25.
Late night dim sum served til 1am. Their specialty cocktails are delicious. Especially the basil watermelon cooler, you can also get virgin!