Xiao Long Bao in Portland?
Can one find XLB in Portland?
Just to bump this...I stopped by a food cart called Asian Station Cafe recently on SW 10th and Alder and did in fact get an order of XLBs. The owner was a very friendly man and actually gave me some free jasmine rice on the side because he felt the XLBs looked lonely in the box! I also got a sample of their curry -- good stuff.
The XLBs were delicious. They had gotten a bit cold because I phoned in ahead (it takes about 15 minutes to steam), but the skin had good consistency. Unfortunately, they were out of the roti, so I'll be back for more.
A couple years ago, I frequented Chinese Delicacy on 82nd (the Korean-Chinese place - are they still around?). They had XLB with lamb instead of pork. There were about the best that you can get around PDX at that time.
Above the Saturday Market on SW 2nd and Burnside is Mandarin House. The chef trained in Sichuan cuisine and the restaurant labels itself as such, but the chef comes from Northern China, which means that there's plenty of Shandong cuisine on the menu also, including xiao long bao.
Granted, it's still not as good as Asian Station, but there's lots of dumplings there as well as hand-pulled noodles. I just had a bowl of the da lu mian... pure goodness.