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Aug 14, 2006 06:21 AM

Whole Crab Dumplings at Koi Palace

...and as a follow up to the abalone dinner Saturday night, I took the folks to Koi Palace for dim sum the following day. As usual everything was excellent...the king of shumai (shumai with dried scallops, pork, shrimp, and topped with sharks fin), the perfect har gow. We had some "monkey picked tikuanyin tea" that was fun to order and actually quite flavorful.

The outstanding dish was the whole crab shanghai dumpings. They took an entire dungeness crab, picked out the meat from the body and made shanghai dumplings (aka xiao long bao/soup dumplings) from them. There was no pork in the dumpling, just pure dungeness crab. The legs and claws were deep fried. We felt that this was actually superior to the whole lobster dumplings that they serve (taking the whole lobster to make steamed dumplings).

I would recommend dumpling aficionados try this version. The crab meat was sweet and succulent and the skin was thin and chewy...yet another reason why I don't hesitate to fly my parents up from LA just for a weekend of Koi Palace.

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  1. What's the soup inside the dumplings like?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      No "soup". The shape of the dumplings were like soup dumplings and the inside was just juicy dungeness crab and the natural sweet steamed juices.

      1. re: Porthos

        Sounds awesome! How much does KP charge for this decadence? Do they allow you to pick the crab?

        1. re: Eugene Park

          It's $28 (same as the whole lobster dumplings) I believe for 10 (or was it 11) dumplings. They just bring the crab. I don't know if they let you choose your own but they're pretty good about giving you the good stuff over there. The price is quite reasonable considering the amount of labor it takes to pick through an entire dungeness crab (without eating it) and then make dumplings with the meat.

          1. re: Porthos

            Not a bad price at all. Thanks for the report. Will have to get over to KP one of these days and try it out.

        2. re: Porthos

          Thanks, I've been very curious about the crab xlb and didn't know that you got the legs and the rest of the crab. It does make the price much easier to justify.

          We had considered ordering it once, but decided to try the standard xlb first. Since we didn't like the quality of the wrappers we declined to spring for the crab version. But that was a few years ago.

      2. i had crab balls recently at a wedding banquet at Dynasty in Cupertino. Sooo good!