The most common Asian dumpling fillings are ground pork or shrimp, but anything as old and regionally diverse as dumplings is bound to have multiple iterations. Chowhounds recently shared the more unusual dumplings they've tried in Southern California.
• Fish dumplings usually contain cod or sole, but at Dalian Small Stone in Rosemead, you can get ones stuffed with mackerel.
• At Beijing Duck House in San Gabriel, dumpling options include sea worm, scallop, radish, and oyster.
• The Alhambra location of 101 Noodle Express, a local chain famous for beef rolls, offers a version of xiao long bao with four proteins (pictured): duck, beef, pork, and fish.
• Rosemead's Sea Harbour fills dumplings with scallops and fish roe.
• A variety of vegetarian pumpkin fillings are the thing at Dumpling House in Arcadia, though will47 isn’t sure they’d please traditionalists.
• Pumpkin also makes an appearance at Beijing Pie House in Monterey Park. It combines with pork and shrimp in dumplings you can order steamed or fried, banjoboy says.
Dalian Small Stone Restaurant [San Gabriel Valley]
7637 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead
Beijing Duck House [San Gabriel Valley]
6420 Rosemead Boulevard, San Gabriel
101 Noodle Express [San Gabriel Valley]
1408 E. Valley Boulevard, Alhambra
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant [San Gabriel Valley]
3939 Rosemead Boulevard, Rosemead
Dumpling House [San Gabriel Valley]
921 S. Baldwin Avenue, Suite A, Arcadia
Beijing Pie House [San Gabriel Valley]
846 E. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park