Dan Modern – Sawtelle

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Move over, Din Tai Fung. There’s a new kid in town named Dan – Dan Modern. This Pasadena-based chain, specializing in handmade Chinese dumplings and noodles, opened their second location on Sawtelle.

Debuting during a pandemic is a challenge, and Dan Modern offered several days of free samples before their soft open. Not wanting to wait in a line outside (and then afterwards for food), I missed all of those opportunities, but ordered takeout the first chance I got. 

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Dan Modern has online ordering for takeout and delivery, with contactless pickup. Since they were not open for dine in, I was only able to get a glimpse of their kitchen and light wood modern interior.

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The pork xiao long bao, five to an order, looked just like the ones at Din Tai Fung, delicate and expertly pleated. Unfortunately, they were a little on the cold side when I got home, and I was too hungry to reheat them. They were good, with quality pork filling and lots of juice. 

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The pan-fried dumplings were fried on all sides, not just the bottoms, served with a sweet and spicy sauce. They were packed with greens (I think it was spinach), not some cheap filler. 

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If you like crab, the crab fried rice is not to be missed, with a generous amount of the crustacean in the dish.  

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My favorite dish was the veggie dan mein noodles. The name was a little misleading since it says dan mein, which might make one expect a spicy peanut sauce. Instead, the thick chewy noodles came with a tasty sweet sauce and were surprisingly not greasy. 

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Dan Modern’s care in preparing food using high quality ingredients and less oil is a refreshing change. Prices are higher than other Chinese restaurants, but it’s the Westside.  Dan Modern is a welcome addition to Sawtelle and a great alternative to avoiding the crowds at Din Tai Fung.

Location –2049 Sawtelle Blvd,, Los Angeles,  CA 90025
Website – https://danmodernchinese.com
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

 

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