XLB Crawl and Undersea Themed Park

  • November 18, 2012 · 10:45 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below.

1) This is family style dining and I will be placing the order at each stop we visit.

2) We will be ordering an XLB dish from each stop and maybe one other dish, but the emphasis will always be the XLB

3) Ideally its best to carpool for this event because we have 4 restaurant stops and a final optional stop at a park to admire the sea themed set-up.

4) Bring $30 in CA$H because some of these restaurants might not accept credit cards. I will collect the cash up front and place orders at each stop. If there's any money leftover after the final stop, I will give the money back. If I come up short, then I will collect more from the group.

 5) I am limiting it to 6 people because I want the group to be able to share 1 table at each stop. I don't want to deal with a large group in multiple stops.

6) I expect to wrap up the XLB Crawl between 3 and 4 PM. So the event is expected to last around 4 hours or so. I have another event I'm attending at 5 PM, so I have to wrap things up by 4 PM.

By now, most of you are familiar with soup dumplings aka XLBs. The most famous and well known ones served by Din Tai Fung which I'm skipping because its such a common place to visit. So the crawl is centered around the lesser known XLB places, including my current favorite: J & J. Sklar, Abby and the other event organizers for PP have already hosted events at all these places before but I want to stack them up against each other on the same day and just comparing the XLBs to one another.

First Stop

Dean Sin World: http://www.yelp.com/biz/dean-sin-world-monterey-park

2nd Stop

Luscious Dumplings: http://www.yelp.com/biz/luscious-dumplings-san-gabriel

or Hui Tou Xiang which is next door to Luscious Dumplings because Yelpers might be wrong on Luscious Dumplings having XLB: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hui-tou-xiang-noodles-house-san-gabriel

3rd Stop

Wang Xing Ji: http://www.yelp.com/biz/wang-xing-ji-san-gabriel

4th Stop

J & J: http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-j-jin-jian-restaurant-san-gabriel

The Final and Optonal Stop is the Vincent Lugo Park. By now you should know that i always pair of my eating excurrsions with a non food related event.The whimsical park was closed for renovation but reopened late August.

From LA Weekly:

"La Laguna de San Gabriel at Vincent Lugo Park is also known as Monster Park, due to numerous vibrant, large-scale creatures that serve as part of a children?s playground. Its designer, Benjamin Dominguez, was born in Mexico. He moved his family to the U.S. in 1956 and began specializing in artistic cement work. After creating imaginative play structures in Whittier Narrows and the Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove, the 71-year-old Dominguez designed his final project in 1965 with his son Rene: La Laguna de San Gabriel at Vincent Lugo Park. The make-believe lagoon is home to colorful sea creatures, including a whale, starfish, octopus and a trio of dolphins. When the city of San Gabriel announced plans to demolish the park in 2006, the ad-hoc Friends of La Laguna rallied to nominate it to the California Register of Historic Places, while helping to designate it a local landmark for the city of San Gabriel. Also affectionately called Dragon Park or Dinosaur Park, La Laguna remains a popular destination for adults and children alike, and while it doesn?t actually have any dragons or dinosaurs, it does have the loyal support of the people of San Gabriel. Corner of Wells and Ramona streets, San Gabriel."

 Vincent Lugo Park

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  • Sally

    So much fun, not a bad stop in the bunch. And I'm still not tired of XLB's. Thanks Robert!

    November 19, 2012

  • Robert

    I will add Hui Tou Xiang to the list in case the Yelp info on Lusious Dumplings is erroneous.

    November 17, 2012

  • Robert

    Sklar: I double checked their menu on Yelp: several Yelpers took pictures and mentin their XLB: http://www.yelp.com/menu/luscious-dumplings-san-gabriel

    November 17, 2012

    • Sklar

      It's listed as a pork with soup steamed dumpling. It sounds like an XLB, but it has a thicker wrap and is more elongated in shape and design (wrap on top is folded/scored along the length of the dumpling) than a traditional XLB.

      November 17, 2012

  • Sklar

    Robert, Luscious Dumplings does not have XLB on their menu, either steamed dumplings, boiled dumplings in soup or pan fried dumplings. You might be better off taking the group to Hui Tou Xiang next door, instead.

    November 17, 2012

  • Kiyo

    Sounds amazing, I signed up with an alert from Sally and realized I have work with the site going live on Sunday nite! Finally! I'm missing out!

    November 16, 2012

  • Sally

    Thanks Robert, I got so excited I signed up before reading your entire post. :D

    November 16, 2012

  • Robert

    Sally: the food crawl portion is expected to end at 3 PM.

    November 16, 2012

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