After lurking for several months and getting several excellent recommendations (Thanks!) from this board I want to make my own contribution.
I finally made it to Mei Long Village (301 W Valley Blvd, #112) in San Gabriel last night for some Shanghai cuisine. Yesterday afternoon I read a couple of reviews of the soup dumplings that were making my mouth water so I drove right down there after work.
Unfortunately since I was by myself I didn't get to taste as many things as I would have liked but what I had was very good. The shrimp and pork soup dumplings were indeed amazing. Lots of juice and perfect flavor. Mmmm, the memory is making my mouth water now! I also had some "greens and beancurd soup", which was a clear broth with chopped firm collard-like greens (chi-tai?) and strips of pork and soft tofu). I liked this soup alot - I had four bowls!
I had a great waiter, named Steven, who is from Shanghai but spoke excellent English. This is such a rarity in San Gabriel that I took full advantage and he was happy to write out the name of the Chinese vegetable in the soup and recommend other dishes on the menu as being particulary good and representative of Shanghai.
Here's his list...
Salted Pork and Bamboo Shoot Casserole
Three Cup Chicken
Pork Pump [Rump] in Brown Sauce
Braised Beancurd Sheet Stuffed with Pork
Braised Fish Tail
Sauteed Finless Eel with Leeks
Jelly Fish with Green Onion
Preserved Vegetables with Beancurd Sheet and Peas
Chinese Squash with Crab
Broad Bean with Green Onion
Pork Chop with Green Onion Noodle Soup
Shanghai Steamed Dumpling
Crab and Pork Steamed Dumpling
Steamed Vegetable Dumpling
Pan Fried Dumpling