#87. Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli

Dave Lieberman
Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).

When Anna's Mondu closed in Garden Grove earlier this year, I was heartbroken. I still haven't managed to eat in the restaurant that replaced it, but I have started looking for my Korean dumpling fix. I like Myung In, but on a recent abortive trip to Habuya, I stopped in at L&M Liquor and Deli, a prototypical corner liquor store with the deli part replaced with... homemade dumplings. Really, really well-made homemade dumplings. I fell in love... you will too.

L&M Liquor and Deli, 14211 Red Hill Ave., Tustin; (714) 838-4001.

Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:

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No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
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No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
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The food here is the REAL stuff!  Better than homemade!  I usually order the Spicy Ramen or the Spicy Seafood Noodle soup.  Both have an amazing broth that is addicting!  The portions here are also huge.  Another plus, if you can call this that, the food takes some time to prepare as they are prepared fresh to order.  Awesome!  Definitely try this place, you'll be coming back time and time again after you have.


The dumplings at HOMESTYLE Dumplings come in shrimp, vege, beef, pork, and kimchi either steamed, boiled or pan-fried.  Wang (jumbo) mandoo/pork buns are really good too!  They have other specialties as well such as bi bim bap mixed vegetables, jja jang myun, korean bbq, spicy jjam pong, don katsu, tang soo yuk in sweet & sour sauce, California, tuna, spam rolls, etc...  You can even buy frozen dumplings to go and make them at home.  

Full menu is available at www.homestyledumpling.com.  

Definitely a hidden gem, authentic in taste and quality.  Check it out!


7145015432 to place orders.


umm, what does the dumpling taste like? 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Like pâté de foie gras. Like dumplings. The wang mandoo taste like wang mandoo. The beef and leek dumplings taste like beef and leek dumplings. The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!

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