Steam King dumpling with pork and kimchi
Myung In Dumplings (address and info) Koreatown Off Olympic in Los Angeles’ thriving Koreatown, Myung In Dumplings serves a variety of classic Asian dumplings. You could easily fill up on the steamed pork, shrimp, and xiao long bao-style dumplings, but the king here is the, uh, Steam King dumpling with pork and kimchi. The giant, doughy rounds (also called wang mandu) are a take on Chinese baozi, or bun. The bread-like pockets are filled with housemade kimchi and pork, which, once steamed, lend to a perfect ratio of fluffy and juicy with a hint of tang. And get multiple orders: one will not be enough.
Ruen Pair (address and info
) Thai Town Ruen Pair in Hollywood’s Thai Town serves some of the most authentic Thai food outside of Asia. Sweet, spicy, crunchy, salty, and sour describe many of the dishes on Ruen Pair’s menu, including its prized wontons. The fried wontons are made with golden fried skin that’s not oily but instead crunchy and full of flavor is wrapped around marinated pork to form pudgy, chewy centers, with pointed edges, perfect for dipping. The long-standing LA favorite also serves another Thai classic, a whole shrimp wrapped in a wonton skin that is then fried -- Thailand’s crispier version of pigs in a blanket. Get an order of each to ensure you’re fully satiated.