A photo of the glistening pan-fried pork dumplings:
Luscious Dumpling indeed!
A few of BonVivant's favorite things (steaming bowls of soup noodles!):
The first photo is the beef tendon soup noodles. This is mumsy's favorite dish. Although I don't eat the tendon, the noodles and the highly seasoned broth (a mixture of hot and sour) are wonderful.
The bottom photo is the stewed pork soup noodles. I usually order the pork and pickled vegetable soup noodles but wanted a change this time. I didn't really know what to expect but was very happy with my choice: the "stewed pork" is pork belly that was so soft that it was more silky than butter.
Here's what I love about Luscious Dumpling:
1. Unlike at Din Tai Fung, you don't have to arrive an hour before it opens; usually if you get there right at eleven you'll have no problem getting a table.
2. Unlike Din Tai Fung, Luscious Dumpling has "soup dumplings" everyday, not just on weekends (soup dumplings are steamed dumplings with pork broth inside the dumpling so they are juicy, juicy, juicy!)
3. They usually sell out their menu at each lunch and dinner so you know that the food is freshly made.
4. It is really cheap. You can pig out for $10-$14 per person.
5. I've never had a problem with parking.
6. The food is wonderful!
Dear Reader, since I promised that I wouldn't bitch the traffic anymore, I'll spare you the details of my ordeal of trying to get there that morning (some idiot at CalTrans decided to turn the 10 into a two lane highway, and close the carpool lane, right after Fremont.)
704 W. Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776