Hi. I've recently relocated to the DC area from (indirectly) New York, and I'm looking for some of my favorite dishes. In particular, I'm trying to track down Shanghai "soup dumplings."
I read through some of the old messages here, and I tried Chinatown Express (written up in the Washingtonian for allegedly having soup dumplings). I was sorely disappointed.
Any new recommendations or new places offering soup dumplings?
You're right that the Chinatown Express is a huge disappointment. The Shanghai Cafe in Potomac, MD is a hike from the district, but the dumplings are pretty good for regular pork xiao long bao. I have yet to find anyplace in D.C. that will do the savory crab/pork xiao long bao of Joe's Shanghai fame.
These Shanghai soup dumplings, aka Xiao Long Bao, are very hard to come by in the DC area, and I have yet to find any that compare with those at Joe Shanghai in NYC. In fact, as I write this, I cannot remember ever having them in the DC area. However they can be bought frozen at several of the area's Chinese/Vietnamese groceries, and eaten at home, and that is what I do.