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Jan 30, 2012 05:27 PM

Xiao Long Bao options in the City?

I'm hoping to introduce out-of-town (indeed, out-of-country) guests to the wonders of XLB, but Shanghai Dumpling King is closed on Tuesday, our only free evening together. Any other recommendations in the City and what other dishes do you suggest for those recommended places?

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  1. Kingdom of Dumpling or King of Noodles. Same owners so same XLBs. The latter having hand pulled noodle options.

    1. Dumpling Kitchen is another option, often I find they're not as crowded. People typically get the string beans and stir-fry rice cakes.

      1. Shanghai Dumpling House (down the street from Shanghai Dumpling King).

        1. We went to Kingdom of Dumpling at 5:30, hoping to avoid the Lunar New Year crush in this tiny (15-20 seat) place. By 6:00 the wait was out the door and hovering over the diners inside.
          The XLBs were markedly inferior to Shanghai Dumpling King--smaller, wrappers flimsy in texture and not nearly as artfully pleated, filling not as flavorful. But they do have a vast selection of non-soup dumplings, and the pork/shrimp/chives version was very good. My favorite dish was the stuffed Shanghai pancake--like a conventional onion pancake but lightly filled with vegetable and savory items, then pan-fried--a Shanghai quesadilla.

          But thanks to Chowhound XLB enthusiasts, I now have a list of additional places to try.

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          1. re: dordogne

            Depending of what part of town you are looking for, Bund Shanghai in Chinatown isn't bad either.

          2. The names of these places are maddening. You can find mediocre XLB at most dim sum places in the city, but here's a list of Shanghai style places serving XLB. There are a billion XLB threads on here, so use the search function to track specific reports.

            Bund Shanghai Restaurant
            Dumpling Kitchen
            Kingdom of Dumpling (owners of King of Noodles)
            King of Noodles (owners of Kingdom of Dumpling)
            Old Shanghai Restaurant (last Chowhound report in 2003)
            Shanghai Dumpling House
            Shanghai Dumpling King
            Shanghai House

            Shanghai House
            3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

            Shanghai Dumpling King
            3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

            Old Shanghai
            5145 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

            Kingdom of Dumpling
            1713 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA

            Bund Shanghai
            640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

            King of Noodles
            1639 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA

            Dumpling Kitchen
            1935 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

            Kingdom of Dumpling
            1426 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94122

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            1. re: hyperbowler

              I remember Old Shanghai being the only restaurant in SF that made true XLBs until all these other ones popped up. They were quite large and needed a few bites to consume one dumpling. They were very good flavor wise, but I forget how the skin fared. Stopped going there because I thought their prices were too high.

              My fav is still Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Milbrae.

              1. re: Keesey

                Shanghai Dumpling Shop and Shanghai Dumpling King use to be owned by the same people. I always preferred SDK but they're close.