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Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung – Arcadia, Los Angeles (March 2010)

Okay. Yes. I suck. I am lazy.

I have an out-of-town friendslashblogreader, probably the only one who still does at this point (YO SKY!), who every few months sends me scolding text messages about the lack of activity on this blog. I met him when I was still so pumped about this thing and now as you can see, I am one big take out container full of LAZY. So here we go, I need to get rid of my backlog so the next few posts will be brief and just full of pictures and random commentary. And no spell or grammar check HAHAHHA good luck you guys.

This set is from my last trip to LA, which was jesusgoddamnchrist almost a year ago! You guys know how I’m super obsessed with the soup dumplings at Joe’s, right? Well on my LA trip we drove like an hour out of the city to Arcadia to Din Tai Fung, this big Chinese joint that supposedly has pretty rockin’ soup dumplings.

Inside, full of azians.


I’m not sure why I took a picture of these lamps. I probably had a cool joke about them back then but considering that was 12 years ago I no longer remember. So there, lamps!


Open kitchen – sort of. It’s like an aquarium of dumpling makers. WANT!


Their address.




My dining companions, consisting of 2 LA people and miss Logan, who will soon become an LA person herself. GRR. Everyone leaves me for California, what the hell.


With Alan, my best friend forever ever ever ever ever from Brooklyn who moved to LA a few years ago. God, I was so skinny 12 years ago.


Obligatory chili bowl shot. So beautiful and deadly. LIKE ME har har har har I’m so clever.


Super delicious baby bok choy sauteed in garlic. Babes, all the produce in LA taste a million times better compared to ours here in NY. Damn you California and your superior soil.


Veggie dumps. Or maybe chicken. I can’t remember. They look green so let’s just decide they were veggie.


Oh there we go, definitely veggie. This was so OMNOMNOM.


Shrimp dumplings. Oh man oh man I love me my SCRIMPSSSS.
PS: I’m so into ending sentences with all-caps words. When you read these sentences, imagine me talking totally normally and then balls out cracked out screaming that last word. Okpleasethankyou.


We also got some chicken lo mein. I was rollin’ with the whities so we must have them lo mein. What the hell am I talking about. Moving on!


Finally, they arrived:


When I saw these I was like, what the hell they are teeny tiny. And they look clean.
Like they totally fit in the spoon. No dumpling overfloweth ala Joe’s.


You can even see from the soup that they’re totally different:
Clean and shiny. Not murky and full of bits of crab and pork fat like Joe’s.


That’s right I said hmmmmph.


Okay, to be honest they were pretty good. Delicious even. The meat was good and the soup was totally tasty.

Thing is, Logan and I were expecting the crazy tasteplosion style dumplings that we were used to. These were not. They’re different. Like when I eat the soup dumplings at Joe’s I literally have to hold myself back from making totally inappropriate noises, they were that good. And afterwards, I feel like crap because well it’s chinese food and I just ate a shitload. This time, the dumplings were like oh it’s pleasant. Afterwards, I feel totally fine. So conclusion: good but not great. I think they’re a little bland. I’m sure there are lots of other places in LA where they have yummy soup dumplings. We just went to the wrong one.
Anwyways, all the other stuff was super good. The place is nice and clean, and it was pretty cheap:


Logan was disappointed. She made this face the entire time:



Din Tai Fung: you get Photobucket three hungrymias: I can live with you or without you, kind of like Justin Bieber. Just kidding I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE BIEBS. (just kidding again)



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    i’m just remembering how that expression derived from a conversation i had with gitlin on the phone

    and din tai fung is the only soup dumpling establishment in LA

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