Soup dumpling topped with chili paste and fresh ginger

Apparently, when you ask any food blogger worth his salt, if you order Chinese food anywhere but the San Gabriel Valley…you may as well just feed it to the dog.

Everyone just relax.

I’m not driving out there every time I need a fix! Gas doesn’t grow on trees!

In the meantime, I guess we have to “suffer” through all the excuses for it on this side of the hill smog.

ROC Kitchen is a spanking new spot on Sawtelle which is a breath of ginger scented air compared to the sloppy bowls of ramen that are sloshing on either side of it.

Now then….

Ok, so the Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) that everyone on Yelp is ordering are….kind of bland.

Yay, I’m one of the snobby bloggers now! So we fed the leftovers to the dogs. Kidding.

Everything else was pretty tasty, though!

The scallion pancake was crispy and flavorful.

The Rice Cake with chicken, cabbage and spinach was very simple but the rice cakes (which look like water chestnuts) are fun to eat (and dump chili paste on).

The best dish was the Three Cups Chicken. Packed with a spicy punch, you don’t even need any rice for fear of toning down the flavors.

BTW, the name Three Cups comes from the sauce, which originates from a recipe containing a cup each of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil.

A delicious trifecta!

If only we were in San Gabriel, imagine how much better it would taste…

2049 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 235-2089

Shanghai Soup Dumplings with Pork (Xiao Long Bao)

Proper way to hold a soup dumpling

3 Cups Chicken

Rice Cake with chicken, cabbage and spinach (those are little rice patties, not water chestnuts)

Steamed Pork Buns

A Steamed Pork Bun Dissection - Not BBQ, like one would expect

Scallion Pancake

Eventually they'll put a sign up.