Cheap Eats in LA: Best dumplings in LA under $10

Cheap eats hounds can fill up on the best dumplings in LA, from pan-fried gyozas and potstickers to Nepalese and Russian varieties, for under $10.

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    Cheap eats in LA: Crab dumplings at Din Tai Fung

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    Cheap eats in LA: Chive dumplings at Luscious Dumplings

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    Cheap eats in LA: Yak momo at Tibet Nepal House

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    Cheap eats in LA: Gyoza at Daikokuya

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    Cheap eats in LA: Steamed momos at Tara's Himalayan

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    Cheap eats in LA: Hui Tou potstickers at Hui Tou Xiang

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    Cheap eats in LA: Shrimp dumplings at Pao Jao Dumplings

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    Cheap eats in LA: Meat vareniki at Robert's Russian Cuisine

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    Cheap eats in LA: Tang bao at Wang Xing Ji

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    Cheap eats in LA: Chilli wontons at Yunkun Garden

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Cheap eats in LA: Crab dumplings at Din Tai Fung


Between LA's countless taquerías, Thai spots and burger joints, cheap eats in LA are aplenty. We love to find (and share) an under-$10, budget meal. Here, we pick our favorite dumpling finds, from traditional xiao long bao (soup dumplings) to international versions from Russia, Nepal, Korea and more that literally stuff as much value as they do flavor.


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Shrimp dumplings at Pao Jao Dumpling House

The cylindrical mandus at this Koreatown food court stand are tightly stuffed with large shrimp, minced pork, ,scallion, vermicelli noodles and spicy gochujang (chili pepper paste). $7.99 gets you a plate of eight steamed dumplings with a side of sliced daikon for cleaning your palate. It’s a wonder how so much flavor is packed into such a neat roll.

  1. Koreatown
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Gyoza at Daikokuya

Ramen fanatics line up for Daikokuya’s excellent bowls of ramen, but save room for the gyoza, which are just as addictive as the famed noodles. Neatly stuffed with pork the gyozas ($5.95 for five) are pan-fried crisp and glistening with a thin sheen of oil on its underbelly. A generous handful of sliced scallions add color (and flavorful bite) to the mix.

  1. Downtown
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Meat vareniki at Robert’s Russian Cuisine

Robert’s Russian Cuisine occupies a quiet corner plaza on La Brea Avenue. The family-owned eatery hand-prepared varenikis ($9.95 for 16) are shaped into neat little crescents, boiled and topped with sautéed onions. Top with a dollop of sour cream and wash it all down with a spoonful of borscht for Eastern European comfort food at its finest.

  1. Hollywood
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Crab xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung

Soup dumplings are a common sight in the San Gabriel Valley, but  Din Tai Fung is the gold standard of xiao long bao in Los Angeles. And the ever-so-popular SGV outpost lives up to the hype. Each soup dumpling ($9 for ten) is meticulously made—the elastic skin is paper thin but resilient enough to hold a small pocket of soup plus minced pork and crab and soak up its flavors.

  1. Arcadia
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Chili wontons at Yunkun Garden

Spice fiends may have found their Holy Grail at Yunkun Garden, Monterey Park’s Yunnan-slash-Sichuan eatery creating some of the spiciest Chinese dishes in the SGV. Yunkun’s chili wontons ($5.25) are innocuous enough—stuffed with pork and boiled—but, then, plopped into in a bright red pool of tongue-numbing chili oil topped with red pepper flakes and chopped scallions. You can smell the burn (and anticipate the burn) from a foot away.

  1. Monterey Park
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