Shanghai Soup Dumplings on the Westside?
Does anyone know where I can find these delicious morsels? I have been having a Joe's Shanghai (NYC Chinatown) Soup Dumpling craving!
you might want to try a search here but in addition to the phrase "soup dumpling" try xiao long bao as three words and one word, "xlb" as well, and even "tang bao".
I think there's more of a trend toward calling them xlb on this board than the loose soup dumpling.
(try calling jin jiang on santa monica. they used to be a shanghai style (huaiyang) food place in the beginning. they switched over to hongkong/cantonese when the neighborhood didn't support the style, and have done well since then. they might have them)
I just went to Joe's (midtown branch though) and have been to the Chinatown branch many times and their soup dumplings are different to what you get here (and we call them XLB or xiao long bao -- "soup dumpling" doesn't appear on anyone's menu).
The short answer to your question is "no" -- there is no Chinese food worth any kind of drive on the Westside.