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Shanghai Dumpling in Saratoga?

Xiao Yang Sep 24, 2008 09:59 PM

The Los Gatos Weekly Times had a review today of this restaurant, which features xiaolong bao and other Shanghai style treats. Searching revealed nothing about it on Chowhound, and it doesn't appear to be related to Shanghai Dumpling Shop and Shanghai Dumpling King. Has anybody tried it?

http://www.mercurynews.com/losgatos/c...

  1. DezzerSF Sep 24, 2008 10:20 PM

    Haven't tried it, but it's in my work neighborhood. I might give it a shot tomorrow.

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    1. re: DezzerSF
      DezzerSF Dec 31, 2008 11:46 AM

      I finally tried this place and found the XLBs to be subpar. Right off the bat, I noticed the pleats on the skins were very sloppy. The good amount of juices inside had a sour note, and not much meaty flavor. The pork and (chive?) filling was actually okay though. There's a young lady making them during the lunch hour behind a glass, maybe she's in training?

      I wanted to try the shenjian bao as well, but the server said it would take a while for the order. Not understanding her reasoning, I ended up with "chicken and fish noodle soup". The soup and noodles came in a big bowl, while the fish & chicken came on a separate plate with carrots and asparagus on a sweetish sauce. The only thing edible were the fish and veggies really. The slices of chicken breast were very dry and the noodles felt like they were overcooked ramen noodles straight from the package. I took no more than two bites of noodles and two sips of the broth.

      1. re: DezzerSF
        rworange Dec 31, 2008 11:53 PM

        Maybe it was someone training. The article in the OP mentions the owner/chef holds a full time job and had people in training. This blog seemed to have better luck on their visit. There's some photos so maybe you can see if your dish looked like that.
        http://www.jatbar.com/reviews/Saratog...

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        Shanghai Dumpling
        12172 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070

        1. re: rworange
          DezzerSF Jan 1, 2009 04:52 PM

          Yeah the XLBs in that photo looked similar to mine. Maybe someone else can chime in about the appearance, but I've definitely seen neater pleats. If the broth inside were better, I would have looked passed it.

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      petitgateau Jan 2, 2009 06:57 PM

      Try the ones at Sino, in Santana Row. I think they are good.

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