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Feb 6, 2010 06:17 AM

Let's Try ANEW- The best Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in Shanghai?? WHERE????????

Leaving for Shanghai in three weeks- Who's making the BEST Xiaolongbao now in Shanghai??

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  1. I think Xiao Yang's review still holds: Personally I favor Jia Jia Tong Bao (really inexpensive but really good) and Ding Tai Fung (also really good but lots more expensive).

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    1. re: PeterL

      Hey Peter thanks for the link...but it's not working....

      1. re: sockster

        Hmm, try plugging this into "search this board":

        Shanghai: a xiao long bao report card (long)

        1. re: sockster

          Try again It was the period at the end of PeterL's link that caused the failure.

      2. I loved Jia Jia Tong Bao. Definitely go there and get the crab and pork xiao-long-bao.

        Here's my report from when I was in Shanghai last summer:

        1. My perennial favourite is Din Tai Fung. Yes, they're expensive, but they're the best. The filling is fragrant and never oily, the wrappers are thin but strong, and they come with a little volcano shaped mound of slivered fresh ginger. And the vinegar is top notch. If you're in Shanghai for a while, why not learn to make them yourself? The Chinese Cooking Workshop on WeiHai Lu in the former French Concession has regular xiaolongbao classes, mandarin not necessary! See more about the classes at:

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          1. re: shanghaifoodaddict

            I consider Jia Jia Tang Bao's XLB the equal of Din Tai Fung's, and reviewers agree with me (both scored 23 for taste). Price-wise, there's no comparison. Sure, you get fawning service at DTF, but you can eat at Jia Jia's five times for the price of eating at DTF once, and the xiao long bao makers are cuter.

            1. re: Xiao Yang

              while I can't comment on the makers, I actually agree with Xiao Yang on this one, or I'd say Jia Jia beats out DTF. DTF is decent, but not all locations are consistent and I've had problems with shells (especially at the Super Brand branch), its good, but for the price, I find it amazing why this place is so incredibly popular with expats. Jia Jia's bao are excellent and its prices are far more realistic.

              1. re: modernleifeng

                While I agree about the taste and the price, DTF is popular specifically because of the ambience, including service and seating comfort. The price difference is not a factor for expats and tourists, ambience is. As long as the taste is similar, expats don't mind paying for the comfort. Besides, DTF has a lot of other dishes to offer.

              1. re: s0memale

                Seconded, Ding Tai Fung's is just excellent. Jia Jia Tang Bao is pretty good as well.. but I belong to the DTF camp still! Why not try both and see which one you prefer? Its hard to go wrong when you've shortlisted these two excellent choices.

                1. re: theperfectcookie

                  I was actually disappointed with the xlb at DTF (Xintiandi) a few weeks ago. I still like the restaurant and they do have some excellent dishes on offer, but the xlb were less divine than I had remembered and were not served as hot as they should have been.

                2. re: s0memale

                  I would say that if you were going to one restaurant and all you cared about was the quality of the dumpling (and nothing else), Jia Jia Tang Bao beats out DTF. But DTF is still outstanding, and all the other items on their menu are equally very good. You have very limited choice at JJTB. Plus the ambiance is completely different at the two places -- JJTB is very inexpensive but kind of divey, while DTF feels like being in an upscale shopping mall (which it is). I think both places should be at the top of the list of places to go, but for different reasons.