The search continues for Xiao Long Bao, and tonight’s adventure brings us back to the outskirts of the city where Shanghai Dumpling King is located. It’s pretty far out there in the Richmond District, but like most eateries out that way, it is a small simple looking restaurant located on a seemingly remote street along with a mix of other neighborhood mom and pop businesses like laundromats and coffee shops. This space was notably larger relative to the other places we have gone to recently for Shanghai dumplings, Kingdom of Dumpling and Shanghai House, but it looks like they combined two separate spaces. DouZen joined us on this outing as he’s done every time before when we have gone for dumplings. As he likes to say, when it comes to sushi and dumplings, he can never say no.
Dumplings were all over the menu, so we ended up ordering two different types of soup dumplings, the original Shanghai soup version which have a pork filling and the crab and pork version. They were both quite delicious. The broth seemed a little bit richer and more flavorful compared to the dumplings from the previous places. The dumpling skin was light and thin, so much so that if you weren’t careful, the dumpling would break.
The Green Onion Pancake was different. It was thin and crispy and didn’t have the layers upon layers of dough that usually makes it a green onion pancake. It wasn’t bad or anything, but it just tasted like a deep-fried dough, almost like a really thick wonton chip. It didn’t have much of a green onion flavor either.
In spite of its name, the Vegetable Delight wasn’t very delightful. It was a mix of stir-fried vegetables, but there really wasn’t anything particularly memorable about the dish. It did nicely balance out our meal though.
The Stir-Fried Rice Cakes with Pork and Preserved Vegetables was a little starchy and heavy, but it tasted very good. It reminded me of a Korean version of this dish, but not as spicy or doughy.
All in all, the dishes were solid, but the dumplings were the real stand out. In fact, the dumplings have gotten better with each subsequent place we’ve visited. I think the filling and soup was very tasty. The whole meal came at a very reasonable price as well.
Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
PAFO Ratings for Shanghai Dumpling King:
Ambiance 2½ stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3½ stars