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This Tiny Restaurant Has Become Renowned For Their Korean Dumplings

Los Angeles is a haven for Asian cuisine in Southern California. In Koreatown, just off of Olympic Boulevard in a small strip mall, Myung In Dumplings is epitomizing the beauty of delivering straight-forward, great tasting Korean dumplings.

 

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When you take into consideration the range of dumplings you can get (just in L.A. alone), you may overlook another place seemingly producing just another dumpling, but you’re wrong if you skip over this restaurant. Not only do they serve steamed, fried and boiled dumplings, they’re doing it in a quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

As seen on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” Myung In Dumplings is taking quality to the next level by serving each plate of food hand-made to order. The execution of these dumplings is nothing short of impressive and equally tasty.

Upon entering, you’re greeted and asked to find a seat available among their small, eight-table restaurant. You find yourself easily scooting in next to strangers as you frantically survey the hanging menu above the register, deciding quickly so you can get your order in before your tablemates.

Their most popular menu item, the King Steam Dumpling with pork and vegetables (#1), is a must order. Equally huge in size as they are in flavor, the delicate blanket of bready goodness wraps up a savory mixture of mushrooms, celery, onion and pork almost mimicking the flavors of Thanksgiving stuffing. As you bring the colossal dumpling to your mouth, your sense of smell is quickly overwhelmed by the sweetness of the dough, and as soon as your taste buds kiss the umami flavor – otherwise known as the best dumpling ever, you can’t help but realize how unbelievably balanced (and satisfying) this dumpling is.

Another dumpling that should be ordered (and devoured) is #4: Shaomai, small steamed dumplings with pork and shrimp. These bite-sized dumplings are a favorite at Myung In Dumplings and is recommended by the staff. It’s no wonder why once you taste them. You could compare the flavor of these to Japanese gyoza, but better. These thinly wrapped dumplings are juicy, chewy, salty and so easy to eat. They have fantastic texture from the chopped shrimp and a very familiar flavor from the soy sauce in the mixture, making them easily inhaled.

Delivering food that tastes good in a no-frills restaurant is nostalgic nowadays and one can truly appreciate establishments like this that are dedicating themselves primarily to serving great tasting food. The simplicity of the atmosphere enhances the food, allowing it to be the main event without the distraction of a fancy restaurant. Metal chopsticks clinking ceramic bowls and a phone that never stops ringing become the main focus of Myung In, besides, of course, the palate-pleasing, sensory-overload dumplings you can expect here.

Myung In Dumplings | 3109 Olympic Blvd. B, Los Angeles | 213.381.3568

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This Pizzeria Slices Up Pizzas Topped With Entire Kimchi Dumplings

We’re still stuffed from last month’s NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles event, but that doesn’t mean we can’t anticipate our next cheat day.

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, who created kimchi pizza dumplings exclusively for the Noods festival, has decided to take the next logical step and cement the dumplings on a pizza, for a new permanent menu item.

In a collaboration with Oak and Coal, the two restaurants have created a Kimchi Dumpling Pizza that is topped with chicken, pork belly, kale ramen noodles, and whole dumplings. The dumplings themselves are also stuffed with a mix of chicken and pork belly, along with garlic, ginger, and chives. Everything is then covered in a spicy gochujang sauce.

The new kimchi dumpling pizza is exactly what it sounds like and we wouldn’t wanna anything less than that.

Foodbeast family member Annie Le had this to say:

I wasn’t sure what a kimchi dumpling pizza would taste like, but it was the perfect amount of cheesy, spicy, and crunchy!

You can order this massive pie at Sgt. Pepperoni’s — located in Newport Beach, CA. Be sure to bring a friend or two. We sure did.

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5 Instagram-Worthy Foods In Westside Costa Mesa

Tucked just above the beautiful shores of Newport and Huntington Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest and most historic cities — Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa also happens to be the local Chomping Ground of our friend and popular Instagram foodie, @Dradevsfood.

Join us as we take a ride with Drade to see how he spends his time cruising through local eats within Costa Mesa’s vibrant and ever-expanding food scene.

First stop, Wild Goose Tavern, which is known for a robust list of signature cocktails, gourmet burgers and a super laid back vibe. Drade highly recommends the caprese burger, a juicy burger stacked with a thick slice of fried mozzarella, cilantro chimichurri, and garlic aioli.     

Don’t forget a Wild Goose Sour to go along with your burger, though. This fresh take on the classic whiskey sour – made with Basil Hayden’s, angostura bitters, egg white, and lemon – is not to be missed.

Donuts, anyone? If you’re in Costa Mesa, Sidecar Doughnuts is a must-see for any level of donut lover. Sidecar has been supplying the Orange County scene with delicious, colorful and seasonal donuts for years.

If there’s a must-have at Sidecar, it has to be the Eggs Benedict Donut — made with a poached egg, Benton’s ham, and infused with a homemade basil hollandaise.   

Now it’s time for a steak dinner at Boathouse Collective. One of the most popular plates is the off-the-menu – but always available – 20 oz. ribeye served with yakimo, a.k.a. Japanese sweet potato, and miso butter.

This perfectly cooked, juicy steak is packed with flavor, and the miso butter provides the perfect depth to the dish.

One of the greatest things about Costa Mesa’s proximity to the ocean is the access to super fresh, super delicious seafood at all times. If you’re in the mood, there’s no better spot to check out than Catalina Fish Kitchen.

While there’s plenty to choose from, do yourself a favor and go with the LSB Burrito stuffed with Lobster, Shrimp and Bacon. This surf and turf burrito is smothered in a homemade gumbo sauce (per request) and is a surefire way to make all your Instagram followers jealous.  

For some lighter fare, Oak & Coal is your go-to spot for some Kimchi Dumplings. These perfectly handcrafted dumplings are stuffed with chicken and pork and will become an instant favorite.

Thanks for showing us around, Drade! Make sure to visit https://www.travelcostamesa.com/eatcation/ to learn more about the foodie scene in Costa Mesa.

And don’t forget to tag all your pics with #eatcation!


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We’re Down For The Fire That Are Spicy Bulgogi Dumplings

Every time we see dumplings offered on a menu, we have to order it. Dumplings, for us, is that one dish that everyone can share, bringing a table together and setting the tone for a great dining experience. If you’re a fan of savory, pan-seared dumplings, you’re going to want to check this out.

The Mad Dumplings truck created these exclusive pan-fried bulgogi beef dumplings for this year’s FOODBEAST’s AYCE Asian food Festival NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Santa Ana, CA.

The dumplings are served over a bed of spicy sesame gochujang noodles and are garnished with scallions, kimchi, and topped with sesame seeds.

Noodle lovers and fans of Asian fusion food should definitely check out this year’s NOODS Festival. You can purchase your tickets here. Ticket types include Marketplace (buy as you go), or VIP (all you can consume for three hours).

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Ever Had A Cheesy Dumpling? This Food Truck Is Making It Reality

The Mad Dumplings Food Truck has attracted large crowds thanks in part to a robust menu of Asian-inspired dishes like Longanisa Dumpling with pork belly – a sweet, succulent longanisa sausage dumpling, topped with a sliver of grilled, marinated pork belly and a fresh strip of jalapeño.

Mad Dumplings has been gearing up for two major upcoming October food festivals, equipped with a Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Cheesy Dumpling that will give you serious FOMO if you happen to miss it.  

Starting with pan-fried cilantro and jalapeño, these four-cheese shrimp and pork dumplings are cooked and then topped with shredded melted Monterey Jack cheese – in case there wasn’t enough cheese on here.

On October 7 you’ll find Mad Dumplings serving up their exclusive Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Four Cheesy Dumpling at the Fresh Coat Mural Festival in DTLA’s Arts District, presented by Hansen’s Natural Sodas.

However, if that’s out of your way, there’s still one more chance to lock down this cheesy combination at Oozefest III – Foodbeast’s 3rd Annual Cheesy Food Festival, on Oct. 14 at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.  

Get these cheesy dumplings while you can!


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Cravings Culture Hit-Or-Miss

Livestream Yourself Eating Dumplings At World’s First ‘Mukbang’ Restaurant

Beijing8 in Europe just opened a section of its restaurant where you can sit in front of a camera, chow down on their dumplings, and broadcast it live for the world to see.

In simpler terms, they’re letting you do some Mukbang.

If you’re not familiar with “Mukbang” culture, it’s basically a Korean trend where people livestream themselves eating large amounts of food, while simultaneously talking to viewers, and even taking requests on how to eat it. It has become quite the phenomenon over the years, and some are actually making a good living out of it.

Beijing8 has setup these Mukbang stations in all three of its restaurants in Hornstull and Gothenburg in Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.

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They claim to be the world’s first Mukbang restaurant, and it’s a little disappointing that a restaurant in Korea couldn’t get the jump on it, but you never know if this kind of thing will catch on and make its way to its country of origin.

Even then, one of the cool things about Mukbang is being able to do it in the comfort of your own home, so who knows what this leads to, but it might just become one of those things that you want to try at least once. Plus, there’s always the human desire of getting attention, which is why Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and even Snapchat exist.

If you want random people to watch you eat dumplings, here’s your spot.

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This Popular NYC Restaurant Has A Dumpling Made From FOOD WASTE, And It Tastes Great

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A restaurant in New York City found a way to combat food waste by creating a menu-item comprised of leftover ingredients they would have normally just thrown out.

Mimi Cheng’s, the popular NYC-based dumpling house, just introduced a brand-new food waste Dumpling appropriately named the wastED dumpling. The new item repurposes the restaurant menu’s ingredients, which usually gets composted, into a brand new item.

The dumplings are stuffed with bok choy ends, carrot ribbons, zucchini ends, kale stems, rice that’s been cooked in mushroom juice, and the outer leaves of cabbage. They’re served with a peanut miso ginger sauce.

Mimi Cheng’s has two locations in Nolita and the East Village. Half the proceeds from the dumping’s sales will be donated to City Harvest NYC, an organization that helps feed nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger every year.

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These Thanksgiving Dumplings Are A HIT At This NYC Restaurant

New York natives will know Mimi Cheng’s Dumpling house is where you want to be to get your hands on some delicious, home-style Taiwanese dumplings. Founded by sisters Marian and Hannah Cheng, the restaurant garnered sensational media coverage in the two years since they’ve opened.

Mimi Cheng’s is celebrating the upcoming family holiday by bringing back their famous Thanksgiving Dumplings.

The dumplings are stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and are served with a house-made cranberry sauce. They’re then wrapped, steamed, and pan seared to get that crispy texture. Each bite is an entire Thanksgiving meal in one.

You can find the holiday dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s two locations in New York: Nolita and the East Village. But act fast as they are only available through today!

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