Helen You has a knack for opening restaurants in hard-to-find places, having first made waves from a tiny stall in a now-closed underground food court. In 2014 she traded in those modest digs for this expensive spot—set within the neon-bright Arcadia Mall, amid phone retailers and beauty supply stores. Inside, red booths are equipped with little TV screens displaying the specials, but regulars already know what they’re here for. Dumplings, of course, and the menu offers a dizzying number of these steamed and fried parcels. Essential dishes include the refreshing lamb and squash; intensely spicy hot and sour beef; and practically anything pan-fried.
The restaurant’s rising popularity has spawned talks of franchise opps both in and outside the city.- MICHELIN guide inspectors