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Fish Skin Fish Dumplings at Ivy's Deli; Xiao Long Bao (XLB) Too

Chandavkl | Oct 29, 201112:57 PM

In the past few years fish dumplings have become a popular item available at many authentic Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles. Interestingly this seems to be an LA thing, in that it is much less common in the San Francisco Bay and unheard of in Manhattan and other Chinatowns. Imagine my surprise then when I walked into Ivy's Deli and saw fish dumplings on the menu. My surprise escalated when I found out that the thick wrappers were fish skin wrappers, i.e., wrappers that looked like regular flour dumpling or wonton wrappers, but which were made of some kind of fish flour, giving a chewy, almost elastic quality. Fish skin wrappers are rare in the US, and I have never seen fish skin fish dumplings anywhere. Ivy's Deli also has a relatively short but extremely eclectic menu, including xiao long bao, clams in rose wine sauce, rice balls in rice wine sauce, tomato pork, roasted eel and fried rice buns. Ivy's Deli is is in the shopping center at 8650 Spicewood Springs, the same center as Asia Cafe and Asia Market, in the corner of the center.

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