iXLB: As Convenient as Dim Sum Gets
August 24, 2016
If you’re not already familiar with the pork soup dumpling from Shanghai that has stirred up a sensation in our neighboring San Gabriel Valley, now’s your chance. Thankfully, iXLB has brought not only the pork soup dumpling, but all the popular dim sum treats, right to the heart of Hollywood.
The “i” is annotated by convenience in ordering and “XLB” being xiao long bao (Mandarin for pork soup dumpling) for short. If the registers at the counter are already occupied by previous customers, put in your order on the iPads lining the west, tile-lined wall. There are no sit-down tables, just counters to stand at for fast-casual eating.
Food is categorized into baked, pan-fried and grilled, steamed, rice & noodles and dessert. With the steamed selection appropriately being the largest section, of course you’ll order pork dumplings, but you also won’t want to miss favorites like Cha Siu Bao (BBQ pork buns), Siu Mai (pork & shrimp dumplings), Har Gow (shrimp dumplings), and Wontons in Chili Oil.
Pan-fried Turnip cakes, Scallion Buns, and Sticky Rice Balls are also popular; adding a rice or noodle dish would be smart if you’re ordering for a large party to go. As for dessert, you won’t want to miss their Egg Custard Tarts, which are baked right on the spot – so you might even get them hot out of the oven.
iXLB is a great way to get your dim sum fix right in the center of Hollywood. It’s a welcomed and unique addition to the great eating going on in the district right now. What’s even better is that not only will you have to drive 10 miles east on the 10 Fwy for this typically weekend morning feast, you can have it whenever you want at a place is tooled to provide an especially convenient, grab-and-go experience.
iXLB Dim Sum Eats
5900 W. Sunset Blvd.
Esther Tseng is a freelance food and drink writer. She has contributed to Eater, Thrillist, LA Tourism, Visit West Hollywood, Serious Drinks, and more. She practices Pilates, spins and snowboards to counter all the calories she consumes and loves to travel, whether for work or leisure.