Heavenly Crab-Roe Xiao Long Bao

The signage at Dean Sin World is confusing. "Is it doing business as 'Dean Sin World'? 'Tastio Bakery Deli'? Or (as the green awning indicates) simply 'Hell'?" asks J.L. "Whatever it is, the nice people here make very, very good xiao long bao (XLBs)."

Xiao long bao, for the uninitiated, are those notorious steamed dumplings dribbling with extra juice. Dean Sin World makes a version with crab roe that's fantastic, though the dumplings without it are delicious as well.

Dean Sin World [San Gabriel Valley]
306 N. Garfield Avenue #2, Monterey Park
626-571-0636

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Photograph of xiao long bao by J.L.