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Xiao Long Bao

szw May 17, 2013 08:27 PM

Last thread was like 6+ years ago. Anything new/good besides asian legend/din tai fung (we know its fake...is it worth going though? The whole fake thing really makes me not want to go)/skyland

I went to skyland a few years ago, not impressed.

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  1. Charles Yu RE: szw May 17, 2013 09:13 PM

    Northern Dumpling Kitchen in Times Square is still good!
    Golden Shanghai at 14th and Kennedy is up there too!

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      PoppiYYZ RE: Charles Yu Aug 3, 2013 07:17 AM

      I'm no expert, but the XLB from Golden Shanghai are very tasty. Lunch menu (I think Item D) gets you a bowl of wonton soup and 6 steamed XLB for $5 !

      Good luck finding a parking spot though.

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        Charles Yu RE: PoppiYYZ Aug 3, 2013 07:25 AM

        You should try Golden Shanghai's dinner too! Some of the specials posted on the wall are very nicely done!

    2. happycamper RE: szw May 18, 2013 01:54 PM

      369 Shanghai Dim Sum- they also have excellent Shanghainess snacks/pastries.

      A la Kitchen - I went there based on the chowhound feeback on their hot and sour. Their xiao long bao is comparable to Asian legend in my opinion.

      And I still have a soft spot for Chinese Traditional on Dundas.

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        szw RE: happycamper May 19, 2013 08:18 PM

        Went to Chinese traditional buns, ordered xlb but got big steamed buns instead of dumplings.

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          Charles Yu RE: szw May 20, 2013 09:49 AM

          Not at all surprise!!
          Good authentic ' Shanghainese food ' in the GTA is far and few. Even self proclaimed authentic establishments like Din Tai Fung and A La Kitchen...etc churn out Northern Dim Sum and Dumpling products that would upset most patrons and make them cry if serve in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan or Shanghai!
          Casing point: The Shanghainese Pan Fried Pork Buns of Markham's Ding Tai Fungs that must be at least twice the size of the real thing! As well, their 'incorrect' dough is usually associated with those of 'Cantonese' BBQ pork buns. And worst of all their filling is dry and totally void of broth!!
          The 'real' thing is more dainty and wrapping is different!

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            Charles Yu RE: Charles Yu May 20, 2013 10:04 AM

            Wrong photo ( right ) posted for the real thing!
            Authentic one look more like this ( from Hong Kong'd Shanghai Fraternity ). Outer shell is less 'spongy'. But still not as good as the Shanghai Din Tai Fung ones.

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              DUH CAR RE: Charles Yu May 20, 2013 06:04 PM

              XLB in Shanghai at Din Tai Fung are bigger than the 369 Shanghai ones. The shell is also softer.

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              szw RE: Charles Yu May 20, 2013 05:32 PM

              Yep thats exactly what I was served. IT was still tasty, in its own way...but not what we wanted. We walked over to asian legend to try their pork/crab xlb and it was passable. Not good or great, but not horrible. May give the fake DTF a try next week but still not totally comfortable with that. Will definitely go back to Northern Dumpling Kitchen...had a few good experiences in the past there.

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          setofdueces RE: szw May 18, 2013 06:32 PM

          what do you mean its fake?

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            Charles Yu RE: setofdueces May 18, 2013 07:03 PM

            The original and authentic DTF is a Taiwanese outfit with branches in Shanghai, Hong Kong...etc.

            This 'fake' Toronto outfit uses the same Chinese Character as the original but tweaked the English translation of the Chinese by using 'DING Tai Fung' instead of 'Din Tai Fung'.
            Legal action and complaint was launched against the Toronto outfit, but to no avail ( distance too far and different jurisdiction??!! )

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              szw RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2013 12:33 AM

              Anyone been to Asian legend in Chinatown?. Is it passable?

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                smfan RE: szw May 24, 2013 04:28 AM

                I find the XLB at the plaza Yonge/North of Steele is OK.

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                  Charles Yu RE: smfan May 24, 2013 06:40 AM

                  Is this the Shanghainese restaurant inside the plaza where 'Legend' is?

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                    smfan RE: Charles Yu May 26, 2013 09:08 PM

                    Yes, Charles.

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                      Charles Yu RE: smfan May 27, 2013 07:39 AM

                      Still there??!! Wow!! Must have changed name and owners a few times?! Surprise the spot still remain a Shanghainese outfit!!

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            smfan RE: szw Aug 11, 2013 04:52 PM

            I just tried the XLB at Lee Chen Yonge/Bloor. 6 for $6. They were decent. Similar to the HK/Shanghai XLB.Could use more soup though. Recently tried XLB at DTF in LA. Not a big fan of Taiwanese/Shanghai XLB.

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              Teep RE: smfan Aug 11, 2013 06:44 PM

              One thing about Lee Chen is their serving sizes are tiny!

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                smfan RE: Teep Aug 11, 2013 07:32 PM

                They are bite size.

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              smfan RE: szw about 11 hours ago

              Sika Deer at Finch/Midland.

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