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Apr 23, 2014 05:51 PM

Best Xiao Long Bao in the Bay area?

I can't find any recent threads on this subject so I'm starting a new one (if I've missed a recent one, please let me know). My 8 year old nephew is coming to visit and he has given me the task of locating the best "Shanghai Soup Dumplings" in the area. He was recently in NY and had them, so I assume he's talking about juicy xiao long bao. Any recent suggestions on where to look, either in SF, the east bay, or the south bay? Thanks!

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    1. re: scoopG

      Thank you! How did you search for it? When I searched, I got threads that ended in 2007.

    2. My fave in SF are at Bund Shanghai on Jackson just a few storefronts down from Grant. The only other place I've had them were Shanghai Dumpling King and we were SUPER disappointed but have since wondered if we hit a bad day as others have liked them.

      1. If quantity of soup is his priority, he may be disappointed--- the ones around here tend not to have as much soup inside as some popular places in NY. See this subthread

        My favorite is Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Millbrae.

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        1. re: hyperbowler

          Do I remember reading that a lot of "soup" isn't an indicator of "authenticity" or desireability?

        2. The best I've had recently were at Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Millbrae a couple of weeks ago, though I really like Yank Sing's as well (but it has been a while). Neither place uses the metal cups which I suspect might affect quality.

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          1. re: charliemyboy

            SDS is supposedly owned by the people who use to own/run Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa. SDK use to be the best but apparently is now inconsistent with the new owner.

            1. re: ML8000

              I've had both SDS and SDK in the last six months or so, and my opinion is that SDK on Balboa is still okay (this is still where I usually go to get my XLB fix), but SDS in Millbrae is unmistakably superior. I often stop by if I'm dropping someone off at the airport.

              1. re: dunstable

                If I were in the area, I'd stop at SDK no problem. I've never had issues but the reports of inconsistency are there.

                However in its prime SDK was better than Din Tai Fung. I had SDK and DTF (SoCal) within a couple of weeks of each other and SDK was clearly better.

          2. I had the XLB at Koi Palace recently and they were excellent, and I've been to Joe's Shangai in NYC, and Yank Sing, but I think the best I've ever had were at the Shanghai restaurant on 25th St. in San Mateo -- I've forgotten the name, but it's not Shanghai Dumpling East, but the other Shanghai restaurant on 25th St that's just off El Camino Real. Unfortunately, the rest of their food is good but not great, but those XLB were amazing, and you can (or could, it's been a few years) buy them frozen in big cheap bags to make at home

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            1. re: JoyM

              Little Shanghai half a block from the SM Fairgrounds? Last time I was there a couple at the next table touted the XLB at a smaller place on the same street on the other side of El Camino.