Restaurant of the Week: Min’s Dumpling House, Rancho Cucamonga

Min’s Dumpling House, 9789 Baseline Road (at Archibald), Rancho Cucamonga; open daily

There are Min’s Dumpling House locations in Chino, Corona and Rancho Cucamonga, the latter of which I tried out recently at lunchtime with two librarian friends. It’s in the 99 Ranch center, home to another Chinese restaurant, a Korean restaurant and a boba shop.

Min’s is on the small side, but brightened by sunlight, art, carved screens and other decor, and the seating is spaced apart, giving everyone some elbow room. Its menu is on the large side, with 156 items: rice dishes, dim sum, soups, seafood, hot pot and more, including 15 vegetable-only dishes. The specialty is cuisine from the Hunan province. Many dishes are spicy, but they’re marked as such on the menu and we stayed away.

We ordered six items: pork dumplings (item 1, $7); BBQ pork buns (item 5, $6); shrimp and pork dumplings (item 19, $9); sweet and pungent spare ribs (item 59, $11); Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce (item 123, $8); and vegetable fried rice (item 150, $7).

I was a big fan of the dumplings — the pork were soup dumplings, the shrimp and pork were simply filled — and the pork buns. Nothing wrong with the broccoli either. The others liked the spare ribs and rice the best.

Min’s is among Rancho Cucamonga’s best Chinese restaurants, and given that the menu has a couple of my favorite items, cumin lamb and beef roll, I’m sure I’ll be back.

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  • Richard_Pietrasz

    If I remember correctly the previous restaurant in that space was North East China or something similar. I ate there something like 3 times and at was all pretty good, but Red Chili House is likely still king of the block.

    Rancho Cucamonga is not the Mecca of Chinese cuisine in southern California, but this strip mall gives Alhambra and Monterey Park some good competition.

    • davidallen909

      I missed Min’s predecessor but am a fan of RCH. Min’s and RCH are both very good and I’d be hard-pressed to say which is better.

      • Richard_Pietrasz

        I ate at NWC more often than RCH because RCH often had a wait to get a table. NWC still had the visible recommendation I was the only white person in the place, and it was far from empty on my visits. Let us hope we continue to have competion of two good restaurants, and they have sufficient customer support.