First let me say: Will the owner of this business please decide on a name? The neon sign near one of the entrances reads "Mama's Lu Dumpling House," a sign on the wall says "Mama Lu's Dumpling House," and the lettering on the door reads "Mama Lu Dumpling House." Seriously!? Which is it?
My girlfriend and I love Din Tai Fung, but wanted to try someplace different to see how it compares. The good news is that finding parking at Mama Lu's is easier than at Din Tai Fung, and the wait is much shorter, too! The food wasn't quite as good as at Din Tai Fung, though.
Our meal started with complimentary salted sweet peanuts and sweet cucumber. We ordered the Shanghai-style rice cake, pan-fried dumplings, the beef wrap, garlic-flavored bean seedlings, and of course juicy pork dumplings. That might sound like a lot of food for two people, but we were expecting Din Tai Fung-size portions. The food arrived at our table pretty quickly, and when I saw the huge plates of beef wrap and rice cake, I knew that we made a mistake ordering so much, and that we'd be taking a lot home.
There were two things that I really missed here. First, I love the green beans with garlic at Din Tai Fung. Mama Lu's doesn't have the same dish, and the sautéed bean seedlings we got instead were merely okay. Second, I also love ending my meal with azuki (red bean) dumplings, but Mama Lu's also doesn't offer them.
Considering the much shorter wait, the quantity of food, and the low prices, I'd certainly go to Mama Lu's again. The food was very good, but it simply lacked that little extra quality you get at Din Tai Fung.
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