Xiao Long Bao Thread

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    NYTimes reviews a very promising new XLB place:
    Balanced Soup Dumplings, and Much More, at 3 Times https://nyti.ms/2Sk8vam
     
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    For those who knew that place on Sawtelle or Beverly Grove: ROC is no longer ... :(
     
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    Last time I went, it wasn't that good. They've gone downhill. Tsujita near that spot is overrated for ramen - I think they try to hard to be authentic - although I've heard that their Annex across the street is better for ramen.

    There is a new spot near where I live in Westlake called eLoong Dumplings. It's quite passable, good enough that I will go there.
     
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    ROC had great meat dishes. Their Three Cup Chicken was really good. So was the garlic shrimp one.

    We have DTF nearby so not all is lost.
     
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    My favorite place for XLB was New Green Bo in Chinatown NYC, b/t Queen and Bayard in the '00s. Too bad they changed ownership a several years ago. I haven't found any back home on the west coast to match the above. And yes, DTF pales in comparison.
     
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    I've more or less given up hope for stellar XLB in South and Central OC. Last year, I made a point of trying most places that serve XLB at least 2x and more or less felt that each one was OK. Add in that each place was not perfectly consistent - a 6/10 one day may be 4/10 another and vice versa (except for DTF at South Coast Plaza, consistently 6/10 but long lines etc...). In short, for OC just go to whatever is convenient. This is not to say the other food at each location wasn't any good.

    Have yet to try MrsBean Jianbing (by 5 and 22 intersection) and will be trying ja jiaozhi pretty soon.
     
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    With all of the frozen / prepared meals group buys going on due to covid, I decided to try a random vendors frozen XLB (put in steamer yourself).

    For the first time in a long time, I had one I really liked today. Coincidentally getting some from Din Tai Fung (South Coast Plaza one) tomorrow for reference. If this vendor wins out, I will add pictures and share more.
     
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    OK, these XLB from said random vendor are different but can compare/compete against the Din Tai Fung ones I had yesterday in my opinion. And the ones I had yesterday were actually better than the pre-covid ones (along with all the other food with 1 exception).

    Vendor info: http://simbala.net/菜單_menu
    Scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a section that says "Frozen Food To Go", the 6th listing will be "Mini Dumplings (50)" - order these (I don't know if the prices are accurate right now).
    They also have a group buying system if you do not want to drive to their restaurant - you place your order with them and every week they go to a different part of socal and distribute in that area. Call them for details, etc.


    Details on actual XLB:
    The wrapper is different - not a surprise given the variations you see in XLB wrappers - but the ratio of wrapper to meat is right. Texture and taste of wrapper is good, at least to me. The meat in the DTF one is slightly denser and more singular in flavor (more of a straight pork flavor) and the broth is more singular in flavor too (not necessarily a bad thing). I think this goes well in places like Taiwan where the pork is cleaner / better, but in the US I've never felt this was the way to go as pork here is more industrial and not as flavorful or as pure tasting. The one from this vendor has a little bit more "other flavor" in the pork (mostly along the salt and umami lines, possibly a tiny bit of something ever so slightly sweet) and the broth as well and the meat is not quite as dense (but still on the denser side as XLB should be). There is slightly more broth as well from this vendor and the XLB as a whole is a tiny bit bigger. This could just be their recipe... but this is how I would make it myself with US pork.

    FWIW, I do think that the XLB I've had at DTF in Shanghai and HK are different from the Taipei and other Taiwan DTF (in other cities) that I've had in a similar way as I describe above - HK and Shanghai ones made the XLB slightly less of a straight pork flavor by adding a hint of "other stuff" (idk if it's the pork or the recipe, etc). Point is doing this is not necessarily "untrue" or "sacrilegious" when other locations are doing it too.

    Like any other food - sample size of 1 person, 1 batch, etc. Will update regarding consistency once I get more myself.
     
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