I'm going to be taking a new to Southern California girl to the great SGV for some XLB! I usually go to Mei Long Village (standard order--one steamer of pork, one steamer of pork+crab, one order of cold-stirred cucumber).
I'll be picking her up at the South Pas gold line station, and driving the two of us to dumpling heaven. After lunch, I thought it would be fun to take her to an Asian market.
1. Does anyone have any recommendations for a grocery mart? I doubt we'll do any serious shopping, I just want to show her what this part of California looks like.
2. Regarding the grocery mart--is there a xlb place near said mart? I know I usually go to Mei Long Village, but I'm open! (I'm not sure of time of day, so I don't think Din Tai Fung is a good choice. I don't want to haul her cookies out there, only to be presented with the Sold Out! sign.)
3. Regarding XLB place--any other menu suggestions are heartily welcomed. I'm allergic to shellfish, so only one of us will be sampling that part of the menu.
Any and all geographic and food tips welcome! I'll report back!