Happy new year chow hounds!! Mine started off in traditional San Gabriel fashion! I work in Tee Vee, and got choice seats for the Rose Parade
I had dreams of heading to Dim Sum afterwards. But after a 5am call time (with only two hours sleep), a full breakfast at the hospitality tent and a very long parade, my dream turned into heading to my parents house and back to bed. I slept the rest of the day.
However, I woke up the next day with dumpling craving in full effect! And since my parents live not to far Din Tai Fung, I headed over there for some take out!!
I started with two soups
* Their Famous Family Chicken Soup. Clear Broth with lots of pieces chicken and noodles. The Chicken was wonderful! Not stringy, but soft and so flavorful. The broth had a wonderful mellow chicken flavor. It was a little plain though
* Pork and Shrimp Won Ton Soup. I liked this SO much better than the Chicken soup. It had a nice balance of taste between the salty broth, ginger and scallion. The won tons were great, Nice pieces of Shrimp and flavorful ground pork. When cut up into the soup. PERFECT
Then, lots of Dumpings!!
* Started with the famous Juicy Pork Dumplings. By far the FAVORITE. The broth was SO flavorful and the ground pork just perfect again. These dumplings needed NO condiment. I could have eaten just these and been perfectly happy!! They also sell Pork and Crab Juicy Dumplings, which Ive heard were even better, but Im not a fan of crab
* Fish Dumplings. When I told my parents that they were fish dumplings, they were a little cautious. But they loved these. Very mild taste that worked PERFECTLY with chili paste (The choice condiment in our home as we are caribbean) since the stuffing was dense.
* Shrimp and Pork Dumplings. Similar to the Won Tons. Again, I was impressed by the shrimp in them. Big pieces and not stringy or mushy.
* Pork and Vegetable Dumplings. I LOVED these, but the rest of my family was split. The vegetable filling added a wonderful herbal taste to the dumplings. My mother and brother thought it was a little too strong.
* Chicken Dumplings. Not on the menu, but I was so glad the counter girl suggested them. The taste is mild, but the texture so soft. It was almost like Tofu. Not the tastiest in the bunch, but it added a nice lighter texture to the meal.
Sadly, by the time I got over there they were out of Shumai and Buns. I also ordered stirfried green beans, which were crispy, salty, garlicky and firm. Again, just perfect!!
We had WAY more than enough food to feed 4 adults. Each order of dumplings has 10 dumplings!! Luckily, they taste just as good the next day. I just microwaved them in their box with a wet napkin.
The place was VERY crowded on a rainy Sunday, but the take out order took only 20 minutes to complete (To kill the time, I headed over the J.J. Bakery in the same shopping center to drool over their amazing cakes and around the corner to 99 Ranch to pick up some Scallion Pancakes and Pie). And Im definably going to return soon!
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