We recently revisited Myung In Dumplings, a Korean Chinese dumpling chain originally from Los Angeles, which was once featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
Not much has changed since our first visit. The menu is almost the same, except for the addition of a stir fried noodle dish.
Our meal started with some complimentary banchan dishes.
Clam Noodle Soup
The portion was quite generous, easily enough to feed two. There was a good amount of small shrimp and clams inside, though the broth tasted like it was made with a seasoning mix. The chopsticks provided, while quite pretty, were metallic and smooth, making it difficult to pick up the slippery noodles.
Vegetable Steamed Dumpling (wang mandu)
I loved how these oversized steam buns were shaped like leaves, designating that they had a vegetarian filling. We previously had the pork filling ones and it was our favorite dish here. These pristine white buns were very soft and fluffy and biting into them brought back many fond childhood memories, as they are similar to the Chinese baozi.
I wish the filling had a little more flavor, but overall I enjoyed them.
These dumplings don’t have an English translation on the menu, but I was intrigued when I saw a picture of them on their wall. They are basically king/oversized versions of traditional boiled dumplings. I enjoyed them, but again, found the filling needed just a tad more flavor.
Overall, we had another pleasant meal here. They serve solid dumplings and it’s a nice choice in San Diego if you are craving dumplings, but I’m still holding out hope for a dumpling place to open in San Diego that I can really get excited about.