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jcarlile Oct 30, 2007 04:12 PM

I just returned from a trip to NYC where a friend introduced me to soup dumplings -- wow -- so delicious! Does anyone have a recommendation of where to get these on the peninsula (Palo Alto/Mountain View/Los Altos especially)? South Bay locations would be ok too.

Thanks!

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  1. GreenLightJerky Oct 30, 2007 05:36 PM

    I would really like to know this as well.
    Saw an episode of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations and he went crazy eatin soup dumplings. They look damn good.

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      wally Oct 30, 2007 05:41 PM

      Check posts for xiao long bao or xlb.

    2. Melanie Wong Oct 30, 2007 05:42 PM

      "Soup dumplings" is a NY affectation and the restaurants there have their own style in making these Shanghai dumplings. If you search for them by their Chinese name, "xiao long bao" or XLB (a chowhound affectation!), you will find many reports on them all over the Bay Area. Lucky for you, the Peninsula and South Bay have some of the best to be found in these parts.

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        GreenLightJerky Oct 30, 2007 06:26 PM

        Thank you Wally and Melanie.

        1. re: GreenLightJerky
          Xiao Yang Oct 30, 2007 07:17 PM

          Be aware too that on English menus they are often listed as "small steamed dumplings" or "small Shanghai dumplings" and rarely as "soup dumplings" in these parts.

        2. re: Melanie Wong
          jason carey Oct 31, 2007 12:38 PM

          As a life long (now former) New Yorker,, Soup Dumping is a Colloquialism, not an affectation. An affectation is something like Madonna's fake English Accent., something put on that is kind of fake. This is just a term New Yorkers use to describe "Juicy Little Buns( as they are frequently called on menus)", not to be putting on "airs".

        3. K K Oct 30, 2007 09:30 PM

          Be careful that on Anthony Bourdain's show, "soup dumplings" have two versions.

          Regular XLB is the kind that every Shanghai restaurant makes.

          The 2nd kind which is purely "tang bao" is a rendition that nobody makes in the Bay Area. Essentially a humongous soup mixture inside a dumpling. You don't eat the skin, but you drink the soup through a straw. Also the size of a shark's fin soup dumpling at a dim sum restaurant.

          There is technically a 3rd kind....a dumpling with no juice or meat in it, but you eat them dunked in a bowl of broth. Not my bag, but apparently this is another version of tang bao that if you order this at Din Tai Fung in Taipei, Hong Kong, Arcadia Southern Cal etc, this is what you get.

          For the first kind, XLB, look no further than Su Hong Eatery in Palo Alto for arguably the best kind for the area and immediate vicinity.

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            Xiao Yang Oct 30, 2007 09:44 PM

            You certainly can eat the skin of the large "tang bao" with the soup you drink from a sraw. I have, on more than one occasion, and live to tell you about it. It's just another wheat flour wrapper, only BIG.

            http://p.vtourist.com/3206168-Nanxian...

            1. re: Xiao Yang
              K K Oct 30, 2007 10:27 PM

              If you ever find that rendition of tang bao in the Bay Area PLEASE share with us. I'm sure everyone is going nuts after seeing Bourdain consume that monstrosity on his TV show trip to Shanghai.

              1. re: K K
                Xiao Yang Oct 30, 2007 10:34 PM

                I've never seen it on this side of the Pacific, but I'm sure someone will eventually make it if they see a demand, if there's not already someone out there doing it.

          2. Pincho Nov 1, 2007 09:15 PM

            HC Dumpling House in Cupertino has yummy XLB.

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              jcarlile Nov 2, 2007 01:59 PM

              Thanks everyone for the recommendations! I tried the Xiao Long Bao at Su Hong Eatery in Palo Alto at lunch today, and they were delicious! The black vinegar sauce was great, and had lots of fresh thinly sliced ginger. FYI -- I didn't see XLB on the english menu (or small steamed dumpling etc), and had to ask.

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                mdg Nov 2, 2007 06:34 PM

                The limited English menu at Su Hong Palo Alto has been reported here before, though not in this posting. This offering of different food based largely on the color of your skin is a terribly anti-Chowhound practice. Thanks to all the Chowhounders who do point out the restaurants that discriminate against customers like this.

                Many past XLB postings to do not mention this, however. I would be most interested in knowing about restaurants between Palo Alto and Cupertino that offer high-quality XLB to anyone without you having to have special linguistic skills or making a special off-menu request. It looks like I will finally get a chance to visit Shanghai next year, so it's really time to start the local XLB quest.

                Michael

                1. re: mdg
                  K K Nov 2, 2007 10:45 PM

                  HC Dumpling House in Cupertino Village, if I remember correctly uses only one menu for all the offerings, and is in English and Chinese. That's probably your best bet for Cupertino.

                  But a heads up, they call their XLB as tang bao, with the standard XLB = Hu Jiang Tang Bao (Hu Jiang = old school name for Shanghai). My favorite there is the loofah and shrimp which I think is better than their HJTB or the crab version, bursts with juices. Hope that is still the case.

                  But be warned, I got insanely thirsty afterwards (too much MSG). Su Hong Eatery, I came out a winner with no thirst or stiff neck issues.

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                    mdg Nov 7, 2007 05:02 PM

                    Thanks for the recommendation and the advisory. I'm not that sensitive to MSG so I'll plan to give them a try!

                    Michael

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