When I was in college, a friend invited me over to his house, his grandmother from Taiwan was here and she was making her family's favorite beef noodles. The broth was very light, not like the darker broth beef noodles that I've had around town. OK, so I've been out of college for awhile now and recently tried Luscious Dumplings with some friends, thanks @KristieHang (you'll see why later). It's has the same light broth and very similar to what my friend's grandmother made many years ago, but she used more ginger. The winner here is combining a bowl of noodles with dumplings, see combos below.
This is my kind of place, they don't mess around with every kind of protein and different varieties of dumplings. They have 7 kinds of dumplings, 7 different soup noodles, baby bok choy in oyster sauce, stewed bean curd, and 3 soup and dumpling combos. That's It!
They have 2 locations and both are small restaurants, the dining room holds about 20 people (or so), I wouldn't go with more than 4 people. Plan to wait, I've been lucky and only go when I don't see a line outside. Service is fast, noodles come out first and then dumplings. I love the chili sesame sauce on the tables, not too spicy but goes great with the black vinegar and dumplings. When you check-in, they'll hand you an order sheet. I suggest that you checkout their menu online before you go, as they do not have a menu at the restaurant. The servers are more than happy to answer questions about the menu or make suggestions if you ask them.
See What Jay Eats...
My favorite noodle dishes
Stewed Beef Noodles
Very tender beef and my favorite one.
Stewed Pork Noodles
How can you not like pork belly?
It was a close second...
Salted Pork Noodles
The pork isn't braised in a sauce and understand
why it's salted flavored. Otherwise, no taste.
Pork and salt...Mmm
Beef Brisket Noodles
I thought this would be my favorite and went back a second
time to try it. Maybe because I'm so much into Texas style
bbq brisket, not much else compares.
I come here for the combos...
You pick your noodle (regular size) and have a choice of dumplings:
1. chive, pork, egg, and shrimp (5 pcs).
2. cabbage, pork, and shrimp (5 pcs).
3. pan fried pork chive pockets (2 pcs)
Chive, Pork, Egg, and Shrimp
Cabbage, Pork, and Shrimp
The combos are $7
It's a good amount of food for the price.
I've been a regular customer of Luscious Dumplings, at least once a week, since before Thanksgiving. In one week, I had noodles 3 times at both locations. I've tried just about everything on the menu and have brought several friends. This is why I am thanking @KristieHang for getting me hooked, actually I've been a fan of noodles and dumplings for awhile. When I happen to drive by and there's no line, I usually stop in.
San Gabriel Location
704 W. Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tues - Sat: 11 am - 1:50 pm; 5 pm - 7:50 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 1:50 pm
919 W Duarte Road
Monrovia, CA 91016
Monday: 11 am - 1:50 pm; 5 pm - 8 pm
Wed - Sun: 11 am - 1:50 pm; 5 pm - 7:50 pm
I do suggest getting there no later than 30 mins before closing,
otherwise the kitchen closes.
Photos by Jay Terauchi