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Pumpkin Skin Fish Dumplings at Fives Loaves & Two Fish Restaurant in Temple City

Chandavkl | Nov 19, 200404:49 PM

It's been a while since I've been to a restaurant with such an interesting name and a more interesting menu. Reading the menu I had no idea of what style food was being served, but this turns out to be a Taiwanese restaurant with separate Taiwanese and Shanghai/northern chefs, and hence a mixture of two types of menu items. About 15 percent of the menu items are fish dishes, with also several types of dumplings and buns, four different types of chitterlings (including pepper salt chitterlings), Shanghai rice cakes, Wu-xi spareribs, and so on. This is also the first Chinese restaurant I've seen with "A" Choy actually listed on the menu. The fish dumplings were delicious and juicy. I don't know how much pumpkin flour was in the wrapper--enough to make the skins a deep yellow color, but not enough to produce a flavor dominating the fish. Five Loaves and Two Fish restaurant is located at 4815 N. El Monte Ave., just off the intersection with Lower Azusa Road. This is the former site of the Chinese herbal restaurant Soup Fans, and perhaps in memory of that restaurant, Fives Loaves and Two Fish also has a small section of herbal dishes on the menu.

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