The section of Garfield Avenue that once housed Heavy Noodling has given rise to several new dumpling places in recent months, notes Chandavkl.
Mama Lu’s is the commercial debut of a living-room dumpling operation; having visited said living room, WHills says the dumplings are delicious, including wontons that are “better than anything you could find in Hong Kong, according to HK natives.” Chive dumplings and xiao long bao (soup dumplings) also get the stamp of approval.
Northern Dumpling House, across the street, has a variety of pork dumplings, plus beef, fish, and vegetable versions. These share the menu with a number of nondumpling items, including Shenyang noodles. Note there’s no sign with its name on the exterior, just “Restaurant.”
Qingdao Bread Food may sound like a bakery, but it serves only sole and pork dumplings, pork buns, and noodles with chicken, beef, pork, or pork chop. You do have the option of leek or parsley with the fish dumplings, and leek or napa cabbage with the pork. Oh, and a few small appetizers of the chitterlings variety. But those sole dumplings with parsley are excellent, says Chandavkl.
Pan-fried veggie dumplings at the established Dumpling Master bring a sigh from Monkwell Slovenia, but the secret of the Master is that the best dishes are the rustic, handmade noodles: beef and tomato chow mein, pork chow mein, shrimp with noodles, and beef soup noodles.
Mama Lu’s Dumpling House [San Gabriel Valley]
153 E. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
No phone available
Northern Dumpling House [San Gabriel Valley]
138 E. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
Qingdao Bread Food [San Gabriel Valley]
301 N. Garfield Avenue, Monterey Park
Dumpling Master [San Gabriel Valley]
423 N. Atlantic Boulevard #106, Monterey Park