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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (Flushing)....Any Better Successors?

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When Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (aka Noodle House a.k.a. Nan Shan Crab Soup Bun), at 38-12 Prince St, first opened, it was instantly considered the go-to place for XLB. I went shortly after the opening, and they were great. At each subsequent visit, I've liked them just a little less.

Any updated opinions on the place? Does anyone know a better place for XLB these days?

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    1. re: scoopG

      Thanks, will try. FWIW: 59-16 Main St; (718) 661-2882

      The thread you linked to is a year old; lots of good updates at the bottom, though.

      1. re: Jim Leff

        Kung Fu still great, was just there. But I still like the pork xlb better than their seafood one.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          "Great" is a strong word. Went the other day for first time. They were pretty good. Thinner skin, more delicate than other places. They don't really pop with porky taste though, but yeah, pretty good. Thought the seafood ones were pretty good as well. At least they don't taste like fish- as some other places do.

          Went to bbq place next door afterwards. Crappy pork and duck. The flies seemed happy though.

          1. re: Silverjay

            Has anyone tried the fried XLB at Kung Fu? They looked good but take 25 minutes from time you order them.

          2. re: foodwhisperer

            I haven't eaten at Kung Fu XLB but I've eaten at their sister restaurant Bao several times now. I prefer the pork to the crab xlb at Bao because while both are thin skinned, skillfully made and cooked, and while the crab xlb has a clean flavor, there's not enough of it. The best xlb places make a very rich gelatin stock with the crab shells and the xlb at Bao are lacking that depth of flavor. Likewise, the regular xlb is not particularly "pork-y" but it's not a deal breaker for me. My only other quibble is that the steamer isn't lined with Chinese cabbage.

            The crab xlb at Nan Xiang have a richer crab flavor, but I have found that the quality is inconsistent, sometimes good-great, sometimes acceptable.

        2. re: scoopG

          Yes, Kung Fu is my current favorite, as well.