Dumpling Dozen

To commemorate the launch of Thick Dumpling Skin, dinner was no a brainer.  We headed to Myung In Dumplings.


I never sweat a “B” rating. As Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold says, “‘A’ stands for American Chinese, ‘B’ is Better Chinese, and ‘C’ is Chinese food for Chinese.”


But wait a second, isn’t this a Korean place?!?

The menu’s in Korean…


…there’s Korean TV on…


But the owners are Chinese!


I communicated in broken Mandarin to confirm that these Vegetable Dumplings were, in fact, completely vegetarian…


…and they also pointed me in the right direction for my order – I was thinking #9 and they told me that “Chinese people like #7.”


And I’m definitely a Chinese person!!!


Originally, Abe was going to pick up takeout so I could keep memorizing lines for a pilot audition. But by 8pm I needed a study break, so I threw a coat over my pajamas, stuffed my feet into Uggs, and settled into one of the empty tables for some fresh-from-the-kitchen action.


The owners told me it’s usually packed during the day. I believe it – I read Josh’s review on Food GPS and the article on their Garden Grove location in the OC Weekly. But I loved coming at night, when the free parking lot was empty and we had the entire place to ourselves.

Since we’re in Koreatown, the requisite Banchan, which I dominated most of (especially the Kimchi, which Abe didn’t touch)


But these “Vegetable Dumplings” are most definitely reminiscent of my Chinese childhood!


Let’s call them what they are – bao/steamed buns. But for the purposes of last night’s celebration, I accepted the “dumpling” label and thought of the soft fluffy dough as “thick skins



I figured that would be pretty filling, so I shocked myself as I polished off all twelve of the boiled dumplings with no problem


In addition to the shrimp, they were stuffed with pork and green chives


Everything – bao/dumpling – got dipped in this delicious sauce


The garlic continues to emanate from my pores this morning! I am also still digesting this meal, though I did not leave feeling bloated or stuffed at all…


…just one very happy dumpling 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Dumpling Dozen

  1. Megan

    Yummm, I love bao! I haven’t had it in way too long. Interesting about the B rating thing- I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m in LA!

  2. AshinMT

    YUM. I live in Montana and there is definately only Chinese for Americans Chinese here. However, i probably have not experienced anything else (boo), but even at 9:34 AM- those look delish. I used to live in Guam and was lucky enough to consume copius amounts of different types of Asian food, your posts make me miss it!

  3. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods

    Haha, love that the menu was in Korean, but you communicated in Mandarin!
    I had the most amazing steamed dumplings in Beijing last summer and, surprisingly, in London last fall. I am in love with those things, esp the hot garlic chili oil that goes on top! Sooooo good. Need some now.

  4. Evan Thomas

    Dumplings are the perfect comfort food. I’m glad I made them gluten-free once, even if it was a hassle and I’ll never do it again, because now I know I could if I ever get the craving again.

  5. balancejoyanddelicias

    These look so good, I love pork with green chives filling !
    Btw, I used to go to restaurants with PJs under too! 🙂

  6. LeQuan

    Omg, I had to laugh at, “Chinese people like #7”. Haha! My biggest pet peeve when ordering at Chinese restaurants is when the menu states SHRIMP wontons or dumplings, but when they come out there’s pork inside as well. Argh! Can a girl not get jjust shrimp dumplings or wontons?

  7. Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA

    I checked out the new blog, great job! I may not be Asian-American but I used to live in China so I consider myself a little Chinese. =) When I lived in Beijing I was obsessed with jiaozi. And yes, the restaurants there would NEVER pass health code in the U.S.!

  8. Ruby W.

    I love those Korean mandoos. The outside is so fluffy and insides are delicious. I like the little stall inside the food court of Plaza Market in Ktown. They only serve dumplings and mandoos.

      1. Ruby W.

        I think the only vegetation item on the menu is their red bean mandoos. Even when they say “shrimp dumplings”, they mix pork in them.

  9. Amanda

    My ex would NEVER go to places with anything less than an “A” rating, and it used to drive me nuts! So many of the best holes in the wall have “B” ratings, and are fantastic.
    Good luck with your audition and a very busy pilot season!

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