Non-standard variations of Xiao Long Bao
It's difficult enough to find an acceptable pork or crab Xiao Long Bao, but we're seeing a few interesting XLB variations around the Bay Area. For a food so popular you can buy it frozen at Ranch 99, it's nice to see some creativity. I know of the following:
My China has truffle XLB which cost $18. Reports so far suggest it's not justifiably better than the standard issue:
Benu has a lobster coral XLB and used to have foie gras XLB.
American Bao Bar has a red curry chicken XLB that sounds interesting. Anyone had it?
Any other sightings? Any vegetarian versions?
re: Thomas Nash
Would be awesome to have a DTF in the Bay Area. But there is some variation in the quality of the different restaurants. We went to a couple of DTF in Taipei last year and they were excellent. The truffle XLB was delicious and they had something that was like a combination XLB and Shu mai that was amazing. This year went to the DTF in Singapore. It was just ok. The quality of the Dim sum was not nearly as good as the Taipe branches. I have heard that the branch in Hong Kong is really good (it has to be to compete with all the good Dim sum in HK) but that the LA branch is just ok.