The best dumplings in Los Angeles, an official guide

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Squid ink xiao long bao

Squid ink xiao long bao from Little Fatty is served during the Taste food festival.

(Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

The first time I tried the squid ink soup dumplings from Little Fatty, the small Taiwanese restaurant run by David Kuo in Mar Vista, I was running around at the Taste, our annual food festival at Paramount Studios over Labor Day weekend. The chef was serving the jet-black dumplings on a plastic spoon with a drop of vinegar and a couple of shards of sliced ginger. The dumplings were chewy, tender and full of pork broth, in a wrapper that was rich and briny. I ended up revisiting the tent that night until they ran out. At the Mar Vista restaurant, they are six to an order served in a proper steamer basket, so you can eat your fill instead of sneaking single dumpling after single dumpling. 3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 574-7610, ittlefattyla.com