I went to this highly praised dumpling place in El Monte, Dumpling 10053, this weekend and based on the Chowhound recs, I got shrimp, and pork/crab/sea cucumber dumplings (If I hadn't been by myself, I would've tried the fish ball soup as well). I thought they were pretty good, but nothing knocked me out. The shrimp ones had big pieces of fresh shrimp, but I was longing for some shredded ginger. There were strips of something yellow in the dumplings, but they had no flavor so I think they might have been bamboo shoot. The pork ones were pretty good -- I didn't notice the sea cucumber, which is good, or the crab, which might also be good considering the pork-crab dumplings I've had at Din Tai Fung, which are awfully fishy.
For all that I love dumplings -- and occasionally I think that I should just let myself go and have an all-dumpling month, or at least week - I now realize that I can't think of any place where I've really been transported by the dumplings. This seems sad. Oh wait, I do really like the boiled meat dumplings at Mandarin Deli in Chinatown. But there's got to be more.