No, that's not a request. It's a surprising statement of fact. Intrigued by the restaurant named Chinese Dumpling House over the border from Oxnard in Port Hueneme at 575 W. Channel Islands Blvd., I decided to stop by and check it out. Before anybody gets too excited, it's not a particularly authentic place, and the menu is filled with your typical Americanized Chinese dishes. But they also have a small "Dumpling" section on the menu, which includes "Steamed Tiny Bao" which I was told was xiao long bao. (Now whether they bought them from the freezer case of 99 Ranch Market or not might be another issue.) They also have chicken siu mai, which is probably the best version I've found in the entire Chowhound Los Angeles board area. Keep in mind that chicken siu mai is an uncommon restaurant dish and I've only seen it at a handful of L.A. area Chinese restaurants. The version at Chinese Dumpling House with a couple of green peas embedded is quite good though. Also intriguing for an Americanized operation is the large number of fish dishes on the menu, including sliced fish with candied walnuts. If anybody else tries this place I'd be interested in follow up commentary.
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA
Chinese Dumpling House
575 W Channel Islands Blvd, Port Hueneme, CA 93041