I’ve been perusing FTC threads and have not found definitive answers to the questions:
Best XLB? I have been to Din Tai Fung (albeit in South Coast Plaza) and liked it but was not “amazed.” I have no other experience with XLB so maybe I just don’t have a refined palate when it comes to this specialty. All the same, I would love recommendations on authentic, delicious XLB. I looked at another thread, XLB’s (xiao long bao), but I couldn’t find a majority consensus, prompting me to ask again here.
Best Peking Duck? I last had this dish in the Bay Area where I loved it. But in LA, I see most places serve the duck with bao buns instead of the thin wrappers, which confounds me and makes want to avoid those places. I have heard Meizhou Dongpo is a good option but am looking for cheaper but still authentic options.
Bonus points if there are any places in/near Orange County but I’m open to all of Greater LA!
I apologize if I overlooked any past threads that already answered these questions. Appreciate any suggestions!