It seems everyone in the San Gabriel Valley has their own favorite dumpling go-to—from upscale Din Tai Fung to Lunasia Dim Sum House. Regardless of your current favorite, newcomer Dan Modern Chinese is well worth a visit.
Located within Pasadena’s Lake Avenue courtyard, surrounded by wellness and #selfcare promoters including SoulCycle and Olive & June, Dan’s serves up plump dumplings that are the ultimate good-for-your-soul food. They’re practically a warm hug in dumpling form.
Dan’s menu features xiao long bao, its signature juicy soup dumplings, packed with savory pork or chicken and bursting with soup when you bite into them. You can also custom order your dumplings steamed, pan fried, or crispy.
In addition to dumplings, the eatery offers noodle dishes, soups, fried rice, vegetables, and small plates that are perfect for sharing. For the meat-averse, there are both vegetarian dumplings and plenty of veggie-friendly entrée options.
L-D Mon.-Fri., B-L-D Sat.-Sun., 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626-817-9799.