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Houston: Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai Dumplings

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ChrisL Oct 15, 2006 03:21 PM

Does anybody know of a place in Houston that sells these soup-filled dumplings? I had them at Joe's Shanghai in New York and really crave them. It seems that very few people know what I'm talking about when I mention them. It's surprising since we have a good size chinatown here in Houston. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Jaymes Aug 12, 2009 04:52 PM

    Any updates?

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      final advocate Aug 14, 2009 09:29 AM

      FuFu is the place. They are called pork buns I believe. I had them as recently as 3 months ago.

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        Chandavkl Aug 14, 2009 10:13 AM

        A year old but additional leads for you.

        http://imneverfull.blogspot.com/2008/...

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        mialebven Jul 17, 2007 10:08 PM

        Check this place for good xiao long bao:

        Shandong Mian Guan on Bellaire Blvd.

        Unfortunately I'm not so sure where it is. *frowns* But it's a lead.

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          jokah Jul 20, 2007 06:59 AM

          Are you referring to this?

          http://promotions.houstonpress.com/bestof/award.php?award=42040
          http://www.b4-u-eat.com/houston/resta...

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            donnaaries Jul 20, 2007 11:00 AM

            Santong Snacks have dumplings in soup (as in dumplings in a broth bowl), not xiao long bao. xiao long bao are soup filled dumplings. They have them at Fu Fu Cafe in Houston.

        2. gowintx Feb 3, 2007 02:04 PM

          I am in Dallas and have not found any good places for these steamed dumplings.....help!!

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            donnaaries Feb 3, 2007 06:33 PM

            I know of two places that serve them, Shanghai Restaurant on Preston (right south of LBJ) and Jeng Chi off of Greenville in Richardson. I like the ones at Shanghai a little better.

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            Chandavkl Oct 17, 2006 04:16 PM

            Check this thread from a few weeks ago. BTW many people believe there are one or two places in L.A. better than Din Tai Fung for Xiao Long Bao, and many places better than Joe's Shanghai. A search on the LA board for "Mei Long Village" should pull these up.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            (Edit: Sorry didn't see link above.)

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              yimay Oct 17, 2006 05:29 PM

              please tell us the name of the places for good xlb in LA! i'm always on the lookout, anywhere in the states!

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                Chandavkl Oct 17, 2006 05:45 PM

                For starters, there are three places side by side in the same shopping mall at 301 W. Valley Bl., San Gabriel. They are Jin Jiang (or J&J),Dragon Mark and Mei Long Village, the latter being probably the best. (There are others in the LA area and many more in the SF Bay area.) To keep the discussion relevant to Houston, I'm a little surprised that there aren't more XLB options in Houston since the existence of Shanghai style restaurants seems to follow the existence of a local Taiwanese community (at least in other cities), and I thought Houston had a fairly sizable Taiwanese population. Perhaps the initial historic Toisanese/Cantonese populace in Houston followed by the Vietnamese influx has limited the spread other regional Chinese food.

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              yimay Oct 16, 2006 08:05 AM

              i imagine the ones in houston, if you can find them, are similar to the ones found in nyc and should be good enough for a fix. there was a post recently about xlb in houston with some suggestions i'd never heard of but i can't find it now.

              joe's shanghai xiao long bao are actually kind of bad, in my opinion. but i suppose if that is all we can get here in the states, i shouldn't complain.

              next time you are in nyc try Grand Sichuan on st. mark's which is a bit better, but not by much. at least they are the right size and the skin a bit thinner. the other popular place in nyc is new green bo. don't go there. they have some of the worst xlb i've ever had. i've not been but i've heard the Din Tai Fung branch in Arcadia, CA is not up to par with other DTF restaurants, but still one of the best you can find in the country, and definitely better than Joe's.

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                mbhatt Jul 18, 2007 03:12 PM

                I haven't been to Shanghai, but I concur that DTF is definitely better than any of the places I've seen in NYC. They're probably the best I've had.

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                dee lannon Oct 15, 2006 07:20 PM

                No raves here, but this thread gives a few places in Houston to try out....

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. Kent Wang Oct 15, 2006 04:41 PM

                  I believe the consensus from previous posts is that decent ones cannot be found in Houston. A shame. There are also none in Austin. Dallas has some pretty good ones though -- strange that it is the only place in Texas that does.

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