Shanghai Dumpling: Closest Thing to Din Tai Fung Here

12172 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 253-2232

Almost every time I come here, there is a long wait. However, I don’t blame them. If you’re familiar with how crazy the busloads of Japanese people are about the famous Din Tai Fung in Taipei, then this little joint is the closest we can get here in San Jose. Therefore, it makes sense why people are willing to wait for a long time to get their xiao long bao fix. Like Din Tai Fung, Shanghai Dumpling’s winner of a dish is their xiao long tang bao in the bamboo steamer. Of all of the places that I’ve tried near my house specializing in shiao long baos, I like Shanghai Dumplings the best. The skin of the tang bao at Shanghai is thin, just the way I like it and the meat inside is well flavored. The only complaint I have is that the bao is OVER-FLOODED with the meat broth. This means that eating these baos with a spoon is a MUST if you want to savor the juicy broth inside. Otherwise, you can watch sadly as all the juices spill out onto your plate. It’s like the feeling you get when you get when you top an icecream cone with three big scoops of your favorite flavors…and then it topples over with a big ‘splat’ on the ground. Unfortunately, since the tang bao skins here are made really thin, just getting the baos out of the bamboo container can be a tricky issue already requiring great dexterity with chopsticks. Still, give it a try; you won’t be disappointed in their tang baos.

Another dish I’ve tried is their Glutinous Rice with Pork in Bamboo. I thought this dish was more average than anything. It tasted good, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s the best I’ve had. The dish to me just tastes like how any other place makes it, maybe slightly sweeter. Don’t be fooled by all the meat piled on top either, most of the container is filled with rice. However, still a decent dish if you’re just hungry. Presentation-wise, B+ for amusing me :).

Lastly, I’d like to make a quick note about one more dish-the green onion pancakes. Don’t waste your money on them. The restaurant makes them pretty bland and they don’t give you much here. There’s better green onion pancakes elsewhere like at Pot Sticker King. Or even better, you can try making it yourself! A recipe for green onion pancakes is on the list of future posts 🙂 so be sure to check it out when it’s added. Overall, Shanghai Dumpling as a whole is pretty average but select dishes are worth going for. Once the place improves their service and upgrades their space, it could have the potential to be even more popular.

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~ by thankgoditsfood on February 3, 2010.

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