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Where to Find the Best Dumplings in L.A.


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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Truffle and pork xiao long bao temptsTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Truffle and pork xiao long bao temptsTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Truffle and pork xiao long bao temptsTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita)Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Arcadia
; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie KordanTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">These coloredTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">ground pork and shrimp. The large sizeTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">ground pork and shrimp. The large sizeTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">18457 E. Colima Rd.Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Rowland Heights; Credit: Eddie LinTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">The real deal home-style dumplings at Shan Dong — just like going over to a friend's house and having Grandma make a batch for you to eat. ColorfulTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">tenderTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">tenderTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">227 W. Valley Blvd.Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Pasadena; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie KordanTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Veggie dumplings peek out of the bamboo steamer.
Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita)Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan" data-rightCaption="Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Arcadia
; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie KordanTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Shanghai Restaurant serves siu mai (aka shao mai)Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">with sticky rice.
Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
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Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">Shanghai RestaurantTruffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">#212Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">#212Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">#212Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan
xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan">400 S. Baldwin Ave.Truffle and pork xiao long bao tempts, drizzled with chili oil, freshly plucked from the steamer basket.
Din Tai Fung (at Westfield Santa Anita), 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; Credit: Eddie Lin & Stephanie Kordan

Dumplings in Los Angeles are as prevalent as tacos, and just about as easy to eat. There are so many kinds of dumplings to choose from in this city (think pelmeni, pierogi, kreplach) so we focused on the Asian dumpling varieties (shao mai, har gow, xiao long bao, wonton). The range of choices, from swanky dumpling houses like Din Tai Fung to humble little hole-in-the-wall shops, makes for quite a dumpling crawl.

We searched the city for perfectly plump pouches full of the juiciest fillings. Of course, when you want truly authentic dumplings, you seek them within the sprawl of Chinese neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley. And if you don't mind trekking into Koreatown — as well as a few farmers markets in Atwater Village and Studio City — you can try some juicy mandoo (Korean dumplings) or vegan mushroom tofu dumplings, or, for some Taiwanese-style eats, dart into Chinatown where you'll find spicy wonton dumplings sauced in chili oil and scallions served along with your beef ban mian.

There's a veritable myriad of Asian dumplings to be had: pan-fried, steamed, soupy xiao long bao, giant tang bao, wontons, hefty mandoo and more — you'll want to slurp up every unctuous bite of these plump pleasure packages.

Here are some of the juiciest dumplings you'll find without taking a flight out of LAX to Asia.