I was looking for a new place to eat XLB, and came across Mama's Lu from a few blogs. $4 per order of XLB instead of $8? Sounds like a deal to me!
We came here yesterday to test out the XLB, and unfortunately, they did not measure up to Din Tai Fung. Yeah yeah, I know some of you are haters, but since this is my review, I get the final say. DTF still rules in XLB!!
Since I'm the native Taiwanese, I did all the ordering. Apparently, my eyes are bigger than my stomach, cuz I ordered way too much food.
Pork belly with preserved veggies: Hmm.. this was interesting. We didn't much care for it, way too fatty. Yeah, I know it's the pig's belly, but nah, not so much. I'll pass on this.
Green onion pancake: DING DING DING!! We have a winner. This is hands down the best green onion pancake in LA! It was so crispy that when you bit down, you could hear the crunch. Mmm.. my mouth just watered. Great onion flavor with good flakiness. LOVED IT. Highly recommended. And cheap at $1.99.
best in LA
Beef noodle soup: My second favorite dish. Came with oodles of noodles, along with nice chunks of beef, a good hearty broth and a fair amount of lettuce. The only thing it lacked was spice. But, then again, I like my food with a kick.
lots of beef
Shrimp fried rice: ehhh.. this was ordinary. I can't vouch for it, cuz I can make better rice at home. But, huge portion! My kid liked it alot, so I guess that counts for something. DTF has better shrimp fried rice, even though their portion is measly.
Juicy pork XLB: Whoa, these suckers are twice the size of DTF, but only half as good. The skin was too thick and doughy. I did not much care of these, nor did my dining companions. And we are hardcore XLB fans. Ooops.. $4 is cheap, but I'd rather pay more for better.
Service was very friendly and they waiter was kind enough to pack up all our leftovers with a smile. We had leftovers of everything. I accidentally ordered 3 orders of XLB, so he packed up 20 dumplings while teasing us. Service with a smile at an Asian place? Almost unheard of.
All this food was $40. Cheap. But, I'd only come back for the green onion pancakes. Everything else was just okay.
153 E Garvey Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91755