Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (small steamed buns with meat and soup inside, sometimes called soup dumplings) are one of my absolute favorite foods in Chinese cuisine. Some Chinese places in the US claim to have xiao long bao, but I've never been to a place in the US that gets it exactly right. Shanghai is the only place I've ever been where I can find perfect xiao long bao; of course, that means every time I'm in Shanghai, I head straight for places with xiao long bao. Established in 1900, the Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant in Shanghai's Yuyuan Gardens area is one of the most famous xiao long bao restaurants in the world, and hands down my favorite place to eat in Shanghai. Unfortunately, actually getting a seat at the Nanxiang Restaurant can take hours of standing in line.... it is sort of extremely popular.

Fortunately, it turns out the Nanxiang Restaurant has expanded! My dad and I recently found out about a new branch of the restaurant in another part of Puxi, so we decided to go try it out to see if it is as good as the original Yuyuan Gardens location.

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Seriously, crab xiao long bao are absolutely incredible. This Nanxiang branch didn't serve the xiao long bao on lettuce beds though, which was a bit disappointing. But they still tasted exactly like they should!

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Usually at Nanxiang, I order just xiao long bao, in massive quantities. This time around though, my dad wanted to see what some of their other stuff was like. Curry dumplings:

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Egg noodle soup:

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Curry crusted egg rolls:

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The most amazing thing we found was something best described as a gigantic xiao long bao. Seriously, this thing is amazing... it even comes with a "Caution: Hot" flag on a straw for the soup inside:

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For dessert, I got this giant mango icecream float thing. Not mango flavored icecream, but rather, mango chunks and mango juice with vanilla icecream:

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Next post: I have no idea. Maybe more food? Maybe the place I got my Totoro from?

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