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Where to Find the Best Dumplings in L.A.


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
#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
#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
#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
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.

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