Xiao Long Bao in the Mission District?
- BerkshireTsarina Jan 15, 2010 06:17 PM
We are coming to San Francisco to eat dim sum and be happy in March! Will be staying in the Mission District, and wondering if there is anywhere close to "home" where we can eat excellent xlb; or is it off to Chinatown? We do not have a car, and have never been to San Francisco before. Relying on the kindness of SF strangers to steer us right ---
TIA, from the snowy, ethnic-food-deprived Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
The Mission has hardly any decent Chinese food, although lots of other great options.
And Chinatown is more Cantonese than Shanghainese. I don't recommend the xlbs at Yank Sing downtown, or at most dim sum restaurants.
Fortunately there's lots of public transit, and the city is small. I'd go to Shanghai House on Balboa or Shanghai Dumpling King, also on outer Balboa, close to the beach. The fastest way out there is probably the 38 Geary bus.
big lantern probably has them, although i don't know if they're any good.
the 38 doesn't run to the mission, you'd probably have to catch the 22 or 33 first.
another option that involves less transfers is to take the 48 from 24th street out to the outer sunset/parkside and go to kingdom of dumpling on taraval - they are not dim sum though, just dumpling specialists
Heaven's Dog has XLB in SOMA, close to the Mission District, depending on where you stay. I've never had them there but you can read the reviews. Still might be worth going to Shanghai Dumpling King...perhaps hook up a trip to Golden Gate Park at the same time.
1148 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Here's an off-the-wall idea: Shanghai Ming Zhu that got noticed in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665462
Have not been there myself, but it has caught my eye. The XLB are called out specifically. Its Balboa Park / Mission Terrace location is not exactly in the Mission, but it is totally accessbile by BART or MUNI.
ate here, the xlb's didn't "feel" homemade here. parking doesn't exist here. at lunch, it's mostly the muni/agency people here. the "cook" spent most of his free time chatting with the waitress or outside the eatery. smoking?
when i asked the waitress "is this xlb?". she hurriedly took the potstickers away.
oh, before that, i asked the waitress in english and mandarin, is the xlb homemade? she didn't/wouldn't/couldn't answer.
just a caveat emptor, bon appetitt!
I, too, love the xlb at Yank Sing -- they've always contained the "soup" part. Other dumpling places I've been to have been devoid of the broth.
Beware Kingdom of Dumpling (the one on Taraval) -- my daughter loves this place (esp. the tofu salad) but it's not for me. I finally ordered "peanuts" thinking it'd be those boiled in the shell Chinese peanuts. Instead, it was a cucumber salad with a few peanuts thrown in -- no where on the menu had it said anything about cucumber. In fact, we'd already ordered and eaten a cucumber salad and did not want more of the same. It was difficult getting them to take it back.