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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dumpling 10053

I present to you, Dear Reader, the best damn dumplings in Los Angeles County (if not the entire State of California). The pork, crab, and sea cucumber dumplings at Dumpling 10053:


Does the title refer to how many dumplings you can eat? Or, are the dumplings good to the 10053th degree? Neither, it’s simply the address of this fabulous restaurant (this is not such a bad thing because it makes for finding the restaurant so much easier.) Located on the very western edge of El Monte, Dumpling 10053 is perhaps one of the best dumpling houses in the region.

Although Luscious Dumpling is my personal favorite of the two, Dumpling 10053 has many things about that give it an edge over Luscious Dumpling. Besides being able to seat far more people, Dumpling 10053 has a much bigger, and more varied, menu.

Now, let’s move onto the foodie porn.

Yummy, and nice looking, sesame seaweed salad:


A glistening shrimp and tender leek dumpling:


Fantastic stewed beef and beef tendon soup noodles:


I liked the broth and the noodles better at Dumpling 10053 but the beef was more flavorful at Luscious Dumpling. (Needless to say, this is a great soup to eat when you have a cold. Not pictured are the pickled mustard greens that you sprinkle over the soup.)

This was insanely good! Baby bok choy with meat sauce:


Another great soup for colds, in two parts:




This was a great, and simple, chicken noodle soup. I was really surprised by how well the fried pork chop went with the soup. This is a must order!

My new favorite dessert. Fried “rolls” with condensed milk:


I was amazed by how good this was. Its simplicity was truly brilliant. The condensed milk balanced the yeasty bread really well.

I am obsessed with people tossing noodles:



Dumpling 10053
10053 Valley Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731

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8 Comments:

Blogger eatdrinknbmerry said...

Hi BV, I love this place. And you're right, dumplings are delicious to the 10053th degree. My favorite dumplings are the shrimp/leek... with a little egg white mixed in the filling to add a light 'fluffy' touch of delicateness. The beef noodle soup and cold noodles are also very tasty. I've never tried those fried donuts w/ condensed milk - as decadent as it sounds, it would bring a smile to my face. Nice posting.

5:04 PM

 
Anonymous Sarah said...

You're making me want to go to Flushing for lunch today.

8:03 AM

 
Blogger Bon Vivant said...

Hey, eatdrinknbmerry: what I really like about this place is that the menu is so much bigger than LD and each time that I go I can order different items - at LD one can go through the whole menu at one sitting.

Hi, Sarah: I want to go to Flushing for lunch too though when my gps lived out there the places to go to were Italian delis. I miss those places since it seems like they are disappearing from the east coast.

10:18 AM

 
Blogger eatdrinknbmerry said...

I still have not been to Luscious Dumpling. It's a commitment to get up so early and head there before the crowds do.

11:24 AM

 
Blogger c said...

hey BV, I gotta visit dumpling 10053..btw, what's with the numbers? do you know what it means? Now I could visit all the great places u put in the website now that the exam is OVER, hooray~ again, nice pictures...good job.

cy

4:15 PM

 
Blogger Fleagirl from California said...

Gawd. That's just disgusting how good those dumplings look. I can smell them from here. I hate it when I drool over the keyboard. Sigh.

9:16 PM

 
Blogger Bon Vivant said...

eatdrinknbmerry: you can get there as late as 10:55 and get in with the first seating (much better than at DTF where you have to get there an hour early!) Or go at night, 5 pm since they run out of food at around 7 pm.

C: the numbers represent the address (convenient so you'll never get lost.)

Hi, Fleagirl: these dumplings are good and rival those up in the Bay Area.

9:09 AM

 
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