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Shanghai House for xlb

Shanghai Dumpling King is closed until November 16.
We relocated for a serendipitous lunch at Shanghai House for xlb- xiaolong bao, cucumber with bean threads, jelly fish, spicy beef tendon, tea smoked duck, spicy wontons, lion's head meatball in clay pot, salt and pepper pig knuckle, knife-cut noodles with vegetables. 2-hour lunch $88+tip for an impressive array of delicious food and friendly service.

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Shanghai House
3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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  1. Here's the pix I took. Sorry the jellyfish is out of focus, no excuse for that. This was a really tasty meal, and I think I'm glad that SDK was closed that day :-). This is one of those meals were everything was solid. The standouts for me were the duck and the pig knuckle, which I wanted to eat more and more of. I thought the jellyfish and the hand cuts could have had more flavour. The XLB was extremely worthy. This is a real gem. I'd be here weekly if it was in Vancouver. Thanks, Cyn, for making the last minute executive decision to move this mini-down a few blocks over :-).

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    12 Replies
    1. re: grayelf

      thanks. nice photos but... they need captions.

      1. re: Cross Eyed Bear

        left to right, first row: xlb, cucumber bean threads, jelly fish, spicy beef tendon, meatballs in brown sauce in clay pot
        second row: tea smoked duck, spicy won tons, salt and pepper pig knuckle on a bed of fried seaweed, knife-cut noodles with shrimp.
        I am uncertain about the second dish cucumber and bean threads... clarification, please, chowfun_derek?

        1. re: Cynsa

          It looks like cold fenpi salad.

          1. re: fmed

            Could be, fmed. We had fenpi at Lin's yesterday and it had similar noodles but a peanutty/sesamey pasty sauce and chicken, both missing in the Shanghai House dish.

      2. re: grayelf

        So sorry to miss those dumplings and meatballs!

        1. re: susancinsf

          adding vegetarian goose and the chicken wings to the next order. what else?

          1. re: Cynsa

            Okay, I'm dying for that particular pig knuckle dish and really need to try to find it here (next spring is just too long to wait) -- any of you learned Hounds happen to know the name in Chinese?

            1. re: grayelf

              I have had it at Shanghai River in your Richmond on Westmisnster Road and No 3 Road. Red Braised Pork Shank is the name if I remember correctly. I will get back to you after I check my notes on the laptop.

              1. re: yimster

                I think grayelf is looking for a deep fried (and perhaps pre-smoked) rendition (it is similar to Filipino Crispy Pata). I have seen it here in Vancouver...served with duck pancakes and a dipping sauce. Now to recall where I saw this....

                1. re: fmed

                  I think if you call ahead of time and ask them for the deep fried one should be able to do it at Shanghai River. Sorry for the bad information.

                  1. re: yimster

                    Not to worry, yimster, I should have specified I wasn't after the red braise (though I do love that one too!). I was wondering about pre-ordering it here somewhere, as it has to be pre-ordered at Shanghai House. I am working on forming a relationship with the staff at my current fave Shanghainese resto here with that aim in mind :-).

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                    Shanghai House
                    3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

        2. re: grayelf

          Sorry I missed you. Normally we are star crossed hounds. You come down and I go up. Next time. I had dinner this past weekend and could not join up. But is seems you did well here. You know that there are some very good if not better Shanghai place in Richmond. Maybe next we can try some when I come up.

        3. i really enjoyed the soup dumplings at shanghai house. went there yesterday for lunch. can anyone recommend a place in the east bay near oakland for high quality soup dumplings?