In all honesty, I'm not quite sure if I was missing something from this place. Some people seemed to love it when it first opened, but I'm always curious if it was just too over-hyped or I lost my taste buds. I decided to let this sit for a few month before I sit down to write this review. After a few more visit, I was hoping that maybe initially I was too harsh and too critical of this place. Maybe...maybe not?
*sigh* It wasn't meant to be. All fairness to the place, it should have been called Steam Buns House or the ever generic Dumpling House. This restaurant is not really known for their noodles as it is very unimaginative and very lackluster. If you ever want to hit up a noodle place, just walk around the corner to Kam Hong Garden .
In the very beginning, I think the big selling attraction was that they have an open window where you can see how they made their steam buns and green onion cake in the full view from the front. In a nice way, sort of reminds of you of how dumplings were rolled up in an opening window at Din Tai Fung. Yes, you do get to watch them make those dumplings.
What the big idea was they have many options for their baoz (steamed buns). My favorite ones are the pork with spring onions . I think if they match the noodles variety with the buns, this place would be fabulous.
My favorite variety of dumpling is the pork and pumpkin boiled dumplings . It is so close to Halloween these days. I might as well jump start on the pumpkin phenomenon.
Here comes the let down to this place. Their buns, noodles, and dumplings are too thick. It's just too much dough on this thing. Too much carbs with no flavors at all. It was like they are saving their spices and ingredients for another day. It wasn't just one time, it's all the time. That's maybe why I am little bummed out on this place.
I was to give it a little higher grade, but I started thinking of all the places I have visited from DTF, J&J, Mei Long Village, Dragon Marks, Mama's Lu, etc etc. It was getting obvious that this place is going to be one of my least favorites for dumplings. It's not that high either for noodles or buns.
The only saving grace was their onion cake. Now that wasn't thick. It was actually delicious and wasn't overcooked or deep fried like other places.
This place is full of carbs and not in a good way. Less dough and more concentrations on liven up the taste. It was one thing to have the dough to be bland, but not the fillings in the buns or dumplings. I'll give it one more shot down the road, but the recent experiences are not very good at all.
958 E. Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755