Dim Sum and Then Some: Best Places to Get Your Dumpling Fix

Dim sum is all the rage and there are very good reasons for this. Despite their small size, those little bite-sized pockets are delicious and perfect for tiny hands, not to mention, great for a crowd. Whether steamed, fried, baked, or boiled, veggie, pork, chicken or shrimp, dim sum combinations are countless and best shared so grab your chopsticks and get ready to order up for a family-style feast you won’t soon forget.

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photo: Cody B. via Yelp

Golden Pouch
This dim sum gem is located in the heart of a bustling Korea Town strip mall. Just don’t look for a storefront. You order from a walk-up counter via touchscreen and the seating area is in a converted, vintage Airstream trailer. Golden Pouch is a great place to start your dim sum adventures because all the different types of dumpling come with photos and great descriptions so you’ll the difference between dan ta (egg tart) and a han sui (pork bun) before you leave. Wash it all down with bubble tea, complete with homemade boba that’s made from scratch, daily.

Golden Pouch
3324 W 6th St.Ste E-1
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 297-5652

ixlb Dim Sum Eats
Don’t let the hip, Hollywood vibe fool you. ixlb boasts authentic dim sum dishes that even the pickiest of coinsurers are sure to gobble up. Following in suit of Golden Pouch, you can order from touchscreen tables, which eliminates confusion if you’re a first-timer. While dim sum is the draw, also try the savory red bean donuts and the scallion pancakes. Everything is as shareable as it is delicious but be prepared to eat at home, this place is take-out only.

ixlb Dim Sum Eats
5900 Sunset Blvd.
(323) 848-4766
Online: ixlbdimsumeats.com

photo: Lynn N. via Yelp

Din Tai Fung
If you’re looking for a more formal dim sum experience, Din Tai Fung is the place to go. Located inside the Americana at Brand, Din Tai Fung is known for their steamed dumplings. Shrimp, pork, vegetable, and kimchi round out the offerings. If you’re looking for something new and different, try the soup dumplings. These beauties are served on wide spoons so you’re able to get every bit of the delicious filling and savory broth inside. Don’t forget to venture back towards the kitchen. Kids will love watching the chefs make dim sum at lightning speed right in front of their eyes.

Din Tai Fung
177 Caruso Ave.
Glendale, CA
(818) 551-5561
Online: dintaifungusa.com

Myung Dong Kyoja
You’ve probably driven past Myung Dong Kyoja thousands of times and never realized the deliciousness you were missing inside. Nestled on a busy corner of Wilshire Boulevard in Korea Town, this place serves up dumpling soups, rice dishes and homemade noodle soups along with their authentic Korean dumplings. The best part of the dim sum experience here is all the condiments that come along with your order. Think bean sprouts, pickled veggies, bamboo shoots and more. The sheer number of plates on the table is enough to excite any hungry tot that’s ready to chow down.

Myung Dong Kyoja
3630 Wilshire Blvd.
(213) 385-7789
Online: tastezip.com

photo: Jim A. via Yelp

Dumpling House on 3rd
Snuggled away in a busy shopping center, you’ll find Dumpling House. There’s not much signage except for a cartoon dumpling but can smell the home cooked dumplings before you even walk in so you’ll know you’re in the right place. Watching is part of the fun at Dumpling House, the chefs make these lovely pockets by-hand as you order. It’s a true mom and pop shop with the most helpful staff around, you and your family will feel right at home.

Dumpling House on 3rd
3525 W 3rd St.
(213) 389-3899

Bao Dim Sum House
Come for the savory dim sum but stay for the dessert. Bao is one of the only restaurants in town that serves up dessert dumplings like that Bao milk bun. It’s sticky, sweet and very addicting judging by the happy, messy faces of the kids eating inside. Round out your dim sum dessert experience with crispy sesame or sweet taro root balls.

Bao Dim Sum House
8256 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6556
Online: baodimsum.com

Where does your family go to get their dim sum fix? Let us know in the comments below!

—Christina Montoya Fielder


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