Sunday, April 8, 2012
Open your Pie Hole for Beijing Pie House
My daughter was skeptical. "Where are the pies?" she asked, expecting, no doubt, to be able to choose from apple, berry, chocolate and other traditional flavors. Well, they don't have that kind of pie at Beijing Pie House, I explained, but what they do have are succulent, savory meat pies, dumplings and pancakes.
Meat pies are the thing here, and the ones to get are the lamb pies, which are about the size and shape of very thick pupusas. Biting into a lamb pie releases a torrent of juice and the gamy fragrance of lamb. We tried the pork pies as well, but they aren't nearly as good.
Dumplings of all sorts were also good, Xiao Long Bao as well as pan fried pork and shrimp dumblings with cabbage or leek were juicy and nicely seasoned. The dish known as "Homeland Meat Cake" is a pancake filled with onions and pork like an oversized scallion pancake.
Other dishes (cold appetizers and hand cut noodle soups) were fine, but the various meat pies, dumplings and pancakes were the best.
Beijing Pie House
846 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755