Restaurant: Long Xing Juicy Dumpling
Location: 140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776. (626) 307-1188
Date: April 14 and June 22, 2018
Cuisine: Northern Chinese Dumplings
Rating: Great dumplings and tons of variety
As any loyal reader knows, the SGV is my favorite dining zone. It’s amazing how many Los Angelenos aren’t aware of the mecca for Chinese Food and culture. The SGV has a feel and style that is entirely unique, entirely Southern California, but very different and quite Chinese. Today we head out for a multi-stop lunch extravaganza. Many of the participants were doing a 48 hour “staycation” out here. I just went out for a couple hours.
Just like the pasta room at Felix!
As was Preserved Egg with Tofu. But the pros like Yarom and I agreed this was a great dish. Really interesting and fabulous combination of soft cool tofu with salty umami 1000 year-old egg and what’s probably taro powder. Sort of a salty/sweet and smooth/dry soft/firm poles of taste experience.
Cucumber. Lightly marinated with salt. Nice and crunchy.
Giant Crabmeat Juicy Dumpling (6/22/18). You eat this with a straw! People said this was a gimmick, but the slurry of crab and pork inside this thing was to die for. And after you burn your tongue slurping it out you can cut it up and eat the shell like pasta.
XLB (xao lao bao). Also known as Juicy Pork Dumpling. Really nice version of the classic. Soft skin. Juicy. Good filling. Maybe not as good as a Din Tai Fun, but great still. We actually ordered two types — savory and sweet. Never had the sweet before. I kinda like it, although maybe not as much as the savory.
Red Bean Puff Pastry. What passes for dessert in China — not bad actually, I like the texture.
Since red bean isn’t my thing, I brought gelato on 6/22/18 when I returned. Made by me, of course: Almond Boba Tea Gelato — Oolong tea steeped milk, Romano Almonds from Noto Sicily, and topped with Boba! Here I discovered that boba get really really hard in the freezer. Next time I will have to keep them separate and add them.
Overall, I loved Juicy Dumpling, both times, and will certainly return many times in the future. Sometimes I like this kind of northern more casual dumpling style over the more ornate Cantonese Dimsum. Just a different vibe. They also had a huge menu of other dishes.
Because we are hedonists, and despite being full (on 4/14/18), we had to go next door for “lunch 2.0” at Spicy City — just had to be done.
Almond Milk Boba Tea. Good tea, but unfortunately hidden by the opaque glass.