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Mama Lu's Dumpling House

Dumpling Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant, and Dim Sum Restaurant$$$$
Monterey Park
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    Cindy Q.
    "Spicy wontons :)"(4 Tips)
    Kenny K.
    "Pork soup dumplings (XLB) had skin that’s on the thick side."(7 Tips)
    JT
    "Fantastic beef roll!!"(6 Tips)
    Stepho O.
    "course the juicy pork dumplings"(3 Tips)
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  • Crio K.heart icon on user image
    Crio KidJanuary 13, 2018
    It’s way better than Din Tai Fung. The juicy pork dumpling is delicious and the price is unbelievable cheap. A must try signature dish when you come here. Better come early to avoid the long line.
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SugimotoMarch 27, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food all around. Everything we had so far has been great. They seem to be busy no matter what time we come.
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Pork and crab soup dumplings. Skin was on the thick side, but the filling and soup were tasty. The crab flavor was light. Probably not worth getting over the just pork version. 3.75/5
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Pork soup dumplings (XLB) had skin that’s on the thick side. The filling and soup were tasty. Good...but I would prefer a bigger punch of flavors. The vinegar and soy they have were kinda weak. 4/5
  • Sophornia K.heart icon on user image
    Sophornia KoMarch 29, 2017
    The beef noodle soup is the best. The pork dumplings are excellent. Great services. My family, my friends and I are dining here all the time.
  • Sandeepheart icon on user image
    SandeepApril 1, 2016
    The XLB, green onion pancake and kung pao chicken were all great. 20 min wait on a Tuesday night. Def busy and service is lacking but food more than makes up for it.
  • Robin C.heart icon on user image
    Robin ChenFebruary 7, 2017
    Shanghai cuisine so everything is sweet. Surprisingly, the spicy oil dumpling were not sweet. Very good value for the price though it's not exactly the best.
  • Joshua H.heart icon on user image
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 15, 2015
    Best xlb in Monterey park. Good wrappers, good soup (volume and flavor), nice filling. Love coming here and then getting a bag to go.
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Fried coconut buns were a simple pleasure. Fried soft dough (like baos) with condensed milk dip 3.5/5
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Beef roll was heavy, oily/soggy, and chunkily filled with a kind of roast beef and cucumber. Definitely better versions elsewhere. 2/5
  • Salanya I.heart icon on user image
    Salanya InmaungJuly 2, 2016
    Dumpling and this mushroom tofu dish was soooo yum. Also chili wontons!
  • Jonesheart icon on user image
    JonesNovember 28, 2016
    The xiao long baos here are great. The crab ones are popular. Also the green onion pancake is good. The nian gao is not good
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Spicy wontons had good skin and a juicy filling. Wasn’t that spicy though. 3.25/5
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.October 8, 2014
    Thin-skinned, soup-filled xiao long bao without the long wait of Din Tai Fung, whose Arcadia location is (let's face it) not as good as Taiwan's anyway.
  • Kenny K.heart icon on user image
    Kenny KhuuJune 28, 2018
    Shanghai rice cakes were decent. Mild flavors/seasoning. Rice cakes were soft. 3.25/5
  • Wednesdayheart icon on user image
    WednesdayOctober 11, 2016
    Spicy wontons were really good, shanghai chow mein, yang chow fried rice
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    XLB are a given.. But Mama Lu's Fried Pancake ALSO FTW. So good. Sliced up and sauteed fried pancake w/ pork. So good!
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    JonesDecember 16, 2015
    The dumplings are great. You can buy a bag of 50 frozen ones for $12. Delicious!
  • Helen T.
    Helen TruongNovember 4, 2012
    Their Xiao Long Bao is not bad, but the best in my opinion is still Joe's Shanghai in NYC. Bar Shanghai, China.
  • Zachariah M.heart icon on user image
    Beef roll - Niu ro juen bing: sweet, rich, salty, and fresh veggies.
  • Willa l.
    Willa liMarch 3, 2011
    Their dumplings are really good and they're really cheap too. i also enjoy their noodles with teh minched meat the noodles are chewy in a good way.
  • Melissa P.heart icon on user image
    Melissa ParraJuly 26, 2016
    French style beef tenderloin is the best!
  • Edward K.
    Edward KJanuary 19, 2013
    One bowl of white rice here is enough for 2 people. Be aware of how hungry you are before you order!
  • Philip T.heart icon on user image
    Philip TamDecember 28, 2015
    Great dumplings, solid food. Speaks both Cantonese and mandarin.
  • Jay H.heart icon on user image
    Jay HongOctober 14, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is good, not the waiter. Waiter expect use to clear an area on the table for him to put the down food. I said no, it is your job. The service not change from last visit. Not going any sooner.
  • Brittney S.
    Brittney SassMay 28, 2011
    Buy the 50 piece frozen juicy pork dumplings. It's a really good deal that you can enjoy at home!
  • Stepho O.
    Stepho OngJuly 26, 2013
    French style beef, beef noodle soup, and of course the juicy pork dumplings
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AlbiniJanuary 28, 2012
    XLB are not bad, but I really liked the green onion pancake too. Nice and flaky and not overly greasy
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SuSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though the dumpling was good, service was bad. Long wait on Sunday night. Chef special mushroom beef was lame. Don't think any of chef special is their specialties
  • Jon L.heart icon on user image
    Jon LApril 3, 2016
    Big portions of Chinese food, but long waits during lunch and dinner rush
  • Tony T.
    Tony TsengJanuary 18, 2015
    Avoid their booths with the wicker seats. They are pretty uncomfortable. Food is delicious though.
  • Wednesdayheart icon on user image
    WednesdayOctober 11, 2016
    Fried coconut buns and beef roll
  • Jason S.
    Jason SuJanuary 3, 2011
    The XLB and the second variation are the stand out choices. Their beef wrap is also decent.
  • Michelle C.heart icon on user image
    Michelle ChenJanuary 4, 2016
    Xia long bao, string beans, and beef rolls
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuOctober 3, 2016
    The XLB and scallion pancake are good but I've had better. Massive line with poor management.
  • Yosi K.
    Yosi K.December 14, 2014
    oh boy you can't beat the price and quality of chinese food here.
  • Luca A.heart icon on user image
    Luca AlmosninoMarch 21, 2019
    Zha jiang mian was great
  • Jay D.
    Jay DubsFebruary 7, 2010
    Order Dishes 1 through 5: Pork XLB, XLB w/crab, Pan fried pork bun, Pork Potstickers, Green Onion Pancake.
  • C M.heart icon on user image
    C MartinezMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy pork chops
  • Hanh N.
    Hanh NJuly 2, 2015
    No vegetarian dumplings despite various food bloggers saying so.
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    JTApril 20, 2016
    Fantastic beef roll!!
  • Karena C.
    Karena CaiJune 16, 2019
    best frozen dumplings!
  • Jamie T.heart icon on user image
    Jamie ThomasFebruary 13, 2016
    Dumplings and chicken foot soup
  • Bianca Lo
    Bianca LoJanuary 19, 2013
    8 dumplings, a veggie dish, 3 shizitou, 2 bowls of rice for $20? Deal.
  • Sierra M.
    Sierra Martin PersiApril 21, 2014
    xlb was sweeter than din tai fung.
  • James T.
    James TOctober 12, 2014
    Good, fast and cheap!
  • Peter C.
    Peter CucèMay 30, 2023
    @chandavkl beef roll
  • Will C.
    Will ChungFebruary 23, 2014
    Actually better than ding tai fung
  • Mei M.
    Mei MeiJuly 4, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Double date night
  • Cindy Q.
    Cindy QuanMarch 27, 2014
    Spicy wontons :)
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