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Soup Dumplings & Shanghainese Comfort Foods at Yue Lai in San Gabriel

  • Apr 21, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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  • We by the rear entrance to the restaurant, where the parking lot is located, at about 10:50am to 10:55am and will begin ordering shortly after the restaurant opens at 11:00am.

  • Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about.  In addition, most of the dishes we order will be moderately to very spicy. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
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  • Cost per person is anticipated to be about $20.00, depending on how much food we order, any beverages plus tax and gratuity.  Please bring at least $40.00 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.  At this time, this is a CASH ONLY establishment.  No credit cards are accepted for now.
  • Parking is located in their private lot behind the restaurant, with the entrance off Del Mar Ave.  Street parking is also an option.  Just be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.
  • The night before this event, I will email my cell number to all attendees so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.











Not long ago, I stumbled across the listing for Kuan's Restaurant in Montebello on Yelp during a search for Chinese food.  I was surprised to learn that they serve Shanghaiese style food there, with their famous offer of Buy 1 Order of Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and Get 1 Order Free.

Since I had always been wondering why there aren't any good, authentic Chinese restaurants in the southern Monterey Park area (where I live), I was more than eager to give this place a try.  The soup dumplings weren't bad.  16 (8 per order) for only $7 was an amazing value, and I could not imagine how they could make much profit selling so many orders of these.

Well, I guess they can.  I recently learned on EaterLA, that the owners have opened up a second branch in San Gabriel, directly across the street from Hawaii Supermarket.  I went there to try them out last weekend and was pretty impressed as to how solid the quality of their food is, especially the xiao long baos which was so full of broth that it was hard NOT to squirt all over the place!  Other dishes I had were the Spicy Pork Noodles, which were tasty but not spicy; and the Wontons in Chili Oil, which were also quite tasty but not spicy.  The food is good enough to make me want to go back for more, and one of the items I want to try is their Scallion Pancake, which for $4, is the size of a small Neopolitan pizza!

I will post a list of dishes we may order for our lunch by tomorrow evening.  For those of you who are signed up for 101 Noodle Express with Chrissy in the late afternoon, as myself, this would be a great opportunity to compare the quality of the food between Yue Lai and 101 Noodle Express, such as the xiao long baos, steamed chicken and/or fish dumplings, scallion pancakes, etc.










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  • Geraldine

    I wish we could have stayed longer the food was yummie the soup dumplings were really good and the scallion pancake delicious I wish that I had been able to sample more next time Thanks Sklar you are an excellent host

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Lucy

    Thanks, Sklar! Delicious, tasty, and easy on the wallet.

    April 22, 2013

  • Sally

    I loved this little hole in the wall. The food was really tasty and such a value. Thanks Sklar!

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everything was really good.

    April 21, 2013

  • Billy

    I would love to join you but I don't want to do two pork meals in one day, I'll see some of you at 430pm @ 101 Noodle Express today for more pork!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Keong

    Love to go but I am going to a plant exchange which is even rarer than dumplings. Enjoy it for me!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • christina

    bummer...not feeling well all weekend...was hoping to be up for it!

    April 21, 2013

  • Tom D

    Oops, another time, had to cancel.

    April 19, 2013

  • Chrissy

    I'm in for a quickie!

    1 · April 16, 2013

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