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Dec 15, 2009 05:31 PM

Found - Excellent XLB in Chinatown Las Vegas

I'm an L.A. hound in Las Vegas for a few days. I lived in Asia for 11 years, and worked there off and on for over 20. I love xiao long bao (XLB) - Shanghai-style juicy pork dumplings. In NYC people seem to call them soup dumplings. There are constant battles on the Los Angeles board as to where to find the best XLB in the heavily Chinese neighborhoods of the San Gabriel Valley. I've eaten them all over L.A., and also in Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong. I think I have a fairly good idea of what makes a good, or great XLB.

Anyhow, I was driving along Spring Mountain Rd. in Las Vegas - Chinatown - around lunchtime. I spied a restaurant called New Shanghai on the second floor of the Chinatown Mall, Center, whatever it's called. The address is: 4215 Spring Mountain Rd. #B205. I went up and had lunch.

I had shredded pork and preserved vegetable soup noodles which were very good. The broth could have used a little more flavor, but the vegetables, pork and noodles were good.

I also had an order of XLB and they were excellent. They would qualify in the Top 10 in Los Angeles, and that's hard to do. Their were only two small problems. About half the XLB had broken and the soup had run out. The ones that still had soup were very juicy and delicious. Also, they didn't bring me any shredded ginger to pour dark vinegar over - as is the practice. I had to ask special for it. Still, they are very highly recommended.

A big bowl of the soup noodles and an order of eight XLB, with tea, came to just about $15. It probably would have served two people for lunch if they weren't overly hungry, or one more dish would have been sufficient.

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  1. Many thanks, from one L A hound to another. I will check this place out in a couple of weeks when I visit.

    1. There are a couple of other contenders for the XLB crown that are relatively new - China MaMa, which has been around for about two years, and the recently-opened Wendy's Noodle Cafe, right across the street from each other on Jones (between Spring Mountain and Desert Inn).

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      1. re: QAW

        Thanks for the tip on Wendy's. That's one I hadn't heard about. There's a couple of other good Chinese places in that shopping center.

      2. Thanks estone for the heads up! I was just gonna post to see if there were any decent XLB's to be found in Vegas.

        How does New Shanghai's version compare with Din Tai Fung, my standard reference point?

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        1. re: RacerX

          I'm probably the wrong person to ask about DTF. I've been to the original in Taipei numerous times and loved it. The Arcadia branch - not so much. My L.A. go to XLB are at J&J in San Gabriel. These are closer to those than to DTF.

          1. re: estone888

            Thanks estone!

            Will try New Shanghai, and J&J too!!

        2. Ohhh, thanks for the news! I've eaten at New Shanghai a few times, but never got the XLB. This will definately change now!