Recently, S and I were in LA for a friend’s wedding, so we took the chance to hit a few restaurants/spots on our LA “to-do” list. One of them is Mama Lu’s Dumpling House (Chinese name: 一口福), which serves what in Chinese is called mian shi (literally, “flour food” – noodles, dumplings, pancakes, etc – non-rice starchy items). I am a huge fan of rice normally, but I do also love dumplings and am always down to try a new place, hehe. So, when I came across reviews for Mama Lu’s Dumpling House, located in Monterey Park, I added it to my list.
There are actually two locations down the street from each other – one on West Garvey Ave, and the other on East Garvey. I believe we visited the East one. Also, I forgot to take pictures of the place because I was super hungry and too excited. Haha. But it was a pretty clean restaurant, a bit cramped in terms of space, and there wasn’t much of a wait around 1:30PM on a Saturday.
We were brought some complimentary pickled cucumbers and roasted peanuts, which I really appreciated since I mentioned that I was quite hungry, haha. The roasted peanuts were quite good – they were sprinkled with sugar, so you get a nice savory-sweet taste.
S and I had a really hard time deciding what we wanted, and in the end, we probably ordered way too much food, but here goes…
Green Onion Pancake 蔥油餅 [$1.99]
This, the green onion pancake, was the reason that I really wanted to come here. I absolutely love green onion pancakes – a good version is crispy and flaky, with plenty of chopped green onions scattered throughout. The one here really lives up to its fame, as it was one of the best green onion pancakes I’ve had in a long time. (My mom’s version is still better, though, haha – nothing can beat that probably.)
Pan-Fried Dumplings 鍋貼 [$4.50]
The pan-fried dumplings, or potstickers, were really yummy. I loved the crispy bottom and the flavor of the pork filling. Continue reading »