Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mei Long Village

Mei Long Village
301 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel

Having recently been on a dumpling kick, really a Xiao Long Bao (XLB) kick, I first went to Din Tai Fung, known for it's XLB's. But I found them small, lacking in flavor and not worth the high price tag. Then I found Dumpling House in Arcadia; and I loved it. Huge sized XLB's with so much flavor!! So I heard about Mei Long Village and I decided to see how their XLB's stacked up.

I got the XLB, $5.95 for ten pieces and potstickers, $6.95. Xiao Long Bao, wow, huge sized, a thicker skin than the other XLB's, but still great. The pork had so much flavor and the soup was great. All in all a great XLB. How does it stack up to Dumpling House? Dumpling House is 1A and Mei Long Village is 1B.

The potstickers were pretty good. Same great pork as the XLB. The skin was thicker too. What was different is that inside the potsticker was the same soup as the XLB. Interesting but very good.

Service was good. The server was nice and friendly. But the potstickers too forever to arrive. Why? Not sure. They may not have been worth the wait but they were good.

I would go back to Mei Long Village anytime for their Xiao Long Bao dumplings. I have now found another good place to get XLB. Who is better? I think Dumpling House in Arcadia by a small margin. Interesting fact, this is the first Chinese restaurant in San Gabriel I have reviewed.