Friday, June 25, 2010

Mama’s Lu revisit

MaMa's Lu Dumpling House
153 E Garvey Ave

Monterey Park
, CA 91755
(626) 307-5700

I thought I had finished blogging about my various eats in Monterey Park/San Gabriel Valley/ Rowland Heights, but apparently I left one out. After being really impressed with Mama's Lu's food and dumplings on my first trip, I had really been wanting to revisit and pick up some frozen dumplings.

On my first trip, I didn't even notice that they sold frozen dumplings until I was writing up my post and looked at the menu. I had already thought the frozen dumplings at Dean Sin World were a good deal, but the dumplings at Mama's Lu are even cheaper, and they offer more different ones like fish dumplings, and pork and shrimp dumplings. I also noticed that they sold frozen chive pockets and their green onion pancake.

We started out our dinner with an order of the green onion pancake. I absolutely love the green onion pancake here. It's not too oily, has just the right amount of green onion taste. It is also just the right amount of thinness while still producing several layers. I really wanted to get some frozen ones to go, but they were out of them that day. Too bad.

We were also given some cold appetizers to start:

Here you can see the workers making dumplings:

We loved the green beans last time, so we got them again. I am still surprised at how cheap this dish is it is made well.  The beans are still crispy rather than soggy. I love the addition of the little dried shrimp and the pickled carrots.

We ordered the chive pockets to see how they were and whether we wanted to bring back some frozen ones.

The chive pockets were pretty good. Not nearly as good as the green onion pancake, and not one of the best I've had, but good enough that I wanted to bring home some frozen ones rather than making my own. Unfortunately, they were out of frozen ones that day.

We ordered the pork and shrimp chive dumplings. Each dumpling had a shrimp inside.

We also ordered the wanton soup.

I didn't particularly care for the vegetable used in these wantons. They have many more frozen offerings for wantons and we ended up ordering some shrimp ones.

The total bill was only about $20 something. So ridiculously cheap! We ended up spending a lot more getting frozen dumplings. The menu can also be found on my first post.

 

4 Responses to “Mama’s Lu revisit”

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    Kung Food Panda — June 25, 2010 @ 12:59 am

    I’m a big fan of Mama’s Lu. Just note, lots of dishes on the special menu are pretty good. The XLB, and potstickers were forgettable and are better at Dean Sin World. The lion’s head, Ji Tsai Stir Fried Rice Cakes, Salty Fish and Chicken Fried Rice were all pretty good!

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    Kirk — June 25, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    Hey Kirbie – You know, I really didn’t care much for the Jiaozi at Mama’s Lu. I think they work the dough a bit too much, making the wrapper very stiff. OK for XLB, not too good for Jiaozi. I agree with KFP, some of the specials are pretty good….. I kinda recall a decent Nian Gao….

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    Kirbie — June 25, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    I didn’t really like the XLB here. I thought the Jiaozi tasted similar to Dean Sin World, but maybe it’s been too long since I’ve been to DSW. I’ll have to try the specials next time.

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    Kirbie — June 25, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Thanks for the tips. I really love coming here. I don’t think I’ve tried anything off of the special menu. I’ll have to check it out next time.

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