As Ive mentioned here before, Im going to school right now
And what every student from the 3rd grade on knows
the day you look forward to every year is
MOVIE DAY!!! Well, last Wednesday we saw a movie AND we got out early
allowing me to continue with my SGV Adventures
But where to go there are SO many great places nearby But I had one thing on my mind thanks to a recent post about Dumplings And so I went down Valley and took the opportunity to finally try a place Ive been dreaming about for AGES Mei Long Village
Located on Valley Blvd in San Gabriel, near the intersection of New Ave. Ive driven past this place SO many times on the way other other great Chinese Places. Its located in a medium size stip mall complex and I always assumed it was a bit of a dive. When I walked in at a bit before 9pm on Wednesday though, I was please to find the décor very nice. Id totally have a nice banquet here.
I admit, I only know two things about this place first, Soup Dumplings, second Pork Pump. Since I was getting my order to go and possibly was going to enjoy the meal by myself, I decided to skip the pork pump and instead order other things that caught my eye
* West Lake Beef Soup: ($6.95)I have been feeling under the weather and was hopeing for a light beef and noodle soup, but couldnt really find anything on the menu with that description. So I did what I usually do and order the most interesting sounding It didnt work out exactly as I hoped, as what I got was an egg flower type soup. But it was the best Egg Flower Soup Ive ever had! The both was thick and lots of shreds of egg everwhere, but there was also LOTS Of mushroom and bits of beef. It also had a really mild taste, not too salty or MSG flavor. In fact, I needed to add some white pepper for more a kick.
* Shredded Beef with Chili String Bean: ($8.95) To combat the sniffles, I wanted to order a spicy entrée Plus I love Chinese String Beans. But this dish was not at all what I imagined it to be. The string beans were chopped into BITTY pieces and the Chile, a few well stir-fried Jalapenos imparted just a tiny bit of heat. Still, there was lots of little bits of meat, the string beans were done well and the taste, again, wasnt too much. I was happy overall with the dish.
And now, for what we came here for.. Soup Dumplings!!!
Located in the back of them menu under the heading Shanghai Pastries, I ordered the first two, Shanghai Steamed Dumpling (10) $4.95and Crab and Pork Steamed Dumpling. (8) $5.95. and they both were out of this world good I ordered this all to go so when I got these home they were the PERFECT temperature, so I didnt burn myself. The Shanghai was a simple straight forward meat dumpling, the crab and pork, more complex, but not really crabby. I would order both again tho! They are MUCH larger than Din Tai Fung and the wrapper is thicker. These DEFINATLY Had more flavor than DTF and even had more broth. While they survived the drive home okay reheating sadly was a different story the skins seemed to soak up all the broth but while they were not long really jucy, they still were DARN tasty
And so, three more cheers for Movie Day!! I hope the next one is not too far off because after the latest string of Dumpling posts, I want to hit Dumpling 10053! :)
Mei Long Village
310 W Valley Blvd # 112
San Gabriel, CA 91776