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Chandavkl | Jun 28, 200204:22 PM     1

For those like me who like dumplings but don't eat pork because of dietary restrictions, a new restaurant in El Monte really fills the bill. Dumpling 10053, cleverly named to reflect its location at 10053 Valley Bl., only has 7 kinds of steamed dumplings on its menu, but significantly does not include a pure pork dumpling among these. Rather, they have cod, sole, squid, and shrimp dumplings, along with beef, vegetable, and a combination of pork, sea cucumber and crab! The cod dumplings were fantastic--juicy, flavorful with a thin but chewy wrapper, with the dipping sauce unnecessary. Historically, Chinese restaurants with narrow specialties have tended not to survive (e.g., the departed Porridge King in Monterey Park and that place in San Gabriel that only served 2 or 3 kinds of pork stew over rice). Hopefully, though, this one will fluorish.

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