la dumpling crawl


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

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  1. leanne says:

    Your food crawlers have the best comments and notes on the dumplings! I think my favorite was about the Cabbagestickers… hahaha.Was the Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa open when you did the dumpling crawl? I guess it’s not close to your other spots, though…

    I would be all about the Vietnamese coffee ice! I also think it’s interesting that a lot of the toppings for snow ice are more similar to those you get in boba tea drinks, rather than frozen yogurt places. I love coffee jelly in drinks… but I think I’d probably also like them on desserts!

    • mary says:

      Hi Leanne! I’m not sure if the Costa Mesa one is/was open but you’re right – we went to this location because it was close to the other spots we were planning on hitting up that day. I try to encourage silly responses but after awhile everything gets bored of judging, I think…. haha.

      I think I just don’t like the jelly cubes. They weirded me out with the texture. But I love boba. So, go figure. My tastebuds are weird. 🙂

  2. Kirbie says:

    This post is making me hungry. I’ve never been to Hui Tou Xiang. Interesting that their pan fried dumplings look like rectangles!

    • mary says:

      Hi Kirbie! I love those square dumplings so much, those were probably my personal favorite (the pork though, the beef one kind of sucked). I wish we had places like this in SD!

    • Jack says:

      and they rock! My wife and I went over there to go to the Luscious Dumpling but there was a wait.. So glad we ended up with the rectangle dumpling Hui Tou Xiang place instead. The soup dumplings were very good there as well. Actually more flavorful than the rectangles.

  3. What a fun mission! How did you come up with the list of where to go? I’m sure there’s tons more places that you didn’t try. I definitely need more exposure to that kind of food since it doesn’t seem to entice me in SD.

    • mary says:

      Hi Lynn – I read lots of reviews and I stuck to places just in San Gabriel Valley. There’s lots and lots more places we could have gone but these seemed to be higher rated places (mostly). Too bad we don’t have a lot of dumpling places in SD.

  4. Making me so hungry! Now I want dumplings (for breakfast)! I was excited about the dtf at Costa Mesa too. But I missed it that one day. They said the wait was estimated to be an hour and a half. But since I was about to pass out from starvation, I had to pre-eat. And ten minutes after pre-eating is when I got the text that the table was ready…when there was still some time to go. It was like 40-50 minutes sooner than the expected time…too bad cuz I would’ve been hungry again in at least half an hour..but I just couldn’t eat again so soon.

    Oh and is that Faye in that red Hello Kitty shirt and FB? Lol she looks so much younger in that pic! Maybe it’s the HK shirt, Faye.

    • mary says:

      Hi Miss Kim – Aww, boo you didn’t get DTF! That’s crazy their expected wait time and when you were contacted were so far apart. Maybe a bunch of people gave up on waiting. I wish we had a DTF in San Diego… maybe someday! Yes, that’s Faye in the Hello Kitty shirt with FB 😀

  5. What an awesome crawl! I like the look of those pan fried rectangular dumplings. I have bene to DTF in Arcadia and really enjoyed their dumplings. They are amazingly thin yet pliable. Too bad there aren’t any places in SD that come close to DTF.

    The comments were hilarious to read! Glad to see that you went to Salju! Your VN iced coffee snow ice looked so good, especially since you added almonds to it (I always add almonds to my froyo).

    • mary says:

      There’s a DTF in Costa Mesa now so that makes it a liiiiiiittle bit closer but you’re right – I wish there was one in San Diego!! Maybe they will come down here. We’re getting 85C so why not DTF?! The VN iced coffee snow ice was so yummy! The almonds added gave it a really nice crunch but uh, no more jelly for me. I didn’t like the weird texture of it.

  6. Jack says:

    Has anyone tried the Korean char siu bao style dumplings over at Feng Mao Mutton Kebab in LA Koreatown? I read that they are amazing.

  7. Jessica M. says:

    Do you have a copy of the score sheet you could pass on?

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