Dan is a low-key dumpling and fried rice spot in Pasadena. You’ll think about the dungeness crab fried rice until you go to sleep, and then again when you wake up the next day. The xiaolongbao are soupier than some other soup dumplings in town, which is a good thing when the broth is quite this tasty. The ones with blue crab and pork should be your first order of business. Tack on some super garlicky sauteed green beans, and call it a meal. Be prepared for a line if you go at peak times, but things move pretty quickly here.
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