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Jul 8, 2005 09:07 PM

Good soup dumplings in Oakland, anyone?

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Hi. Is there a restaurant that serves good soup dumplings in Oakland? I mean the dumplings with the savory broth inside them (and pork and crab), not dumplings found in soup. I'm trying to replicate the NY Joe's Shanghai experience.

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  1. There isn't any restaurant like NY Joe's Shanghai, I don't think, not even in SF.

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    1. re: Jennifer

      I don't know enough (anything, really) about NY Joe's Shanghai to know whether or not I agree or disagree, but there certainly *is* a great place to get soup dumplings in Oakland: Shanghai Restaurant on Webster, near 8th, in Oakland's Chinatown. Check out the braised pork also, and you should be able to find plenty of posts on the board...

      1. re: susancinsf

        Not to just be a "me too," but Shanghai Restaurant really does sublime xiao long bao, and the braised pork joint is also great. Other things I've had there haven't been as good, but still solid, except for the sauteed prawns, which were boring. Avoid Happy Families; it's recommended for the BBQ goose, which I haven't had, but their XLB and BBQ duck were not very good.

    2. You won't replicate the Joe's Shanghai experience at any place I know of in the Bay Area, as local xiaolong bao (soup dumplings) offerings tend to aim for the authentic Shanghai style, and Joe's soup dumplings are idiosyncratic, as different from the Shanghai version as New York-style pizza is from Italian pizza. As susancinsf pointed out, however, Shanghai Restaurant (it's at 930 Webster) offers the best emulation of the original prototype that I've had in the US in recent years.


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      1. re: Gary Soup

        Completely agree. Joe's is a New York version of xiaolong bao. While, its good, it's not truley authentic.

        One of the best xiaolong bao that I've had was in a small place called Din Tai Fung in So Cal.

      2. We ended up in SF and ate really good soup dumplings at Yank Sing. They cost a pretty penny and weren't salty like Joe's in NY. But for the craving-driving, they are a find.