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Tuesday, 11 July 2006

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santos.

hey kirk, have you been to giang nan yet? i've heard good things about their xiao long bao. me, i don't know how to eat those things without poking all the juice out :P

Justin Lo

You have no idea right now how hungry you've made me. You really hit it on the nose, soup-to-meat ratio is, for me, the most important thing of all in siulongbao. Reminds me of the siulongbao I've had was in Vancouver.

So do you eat it all in one bite or do you pop open the dumpling first, slurp up the soup, and then consume the dumpling? I do the former, but I know most of my friends insist the latter is the "proper" way of eating a siulongbao. lol.

~Justin

Rachel

Hehe its nice to have a place to go when you have major cravings that can satisfy them. I have news for you kirk!! I am going to read up on all your Shanghainese cuisine to see what interesting dishes there are because. I am going to SHANGHAI next month !!!!!!!!!!!!! (the crowd goes wild!!!!!) It was kind of a last minute thing but will give you more detail if you are interested. Meanwhile I'll be doing some research to get the most of my trip and explore the area :D

Jean

Kirk, haven't made the XLB dumplings yet (too afraid to attempt). I know I will someday.

dietchilicheesefries

mmm... mud flavor... i can't wait to go try that!! hahaha..

elmomonster

Aw you beat me to it! I had a Mei Long Village post kinda simmering for a while now...of course, I've been putting it off since January - had the pics, but it just kept being pushed back for something else...anyway, great review! I agree completely about that Wine Chicken...it just wasn't flavorful enough...but the XLB were excellent. Better than Din Tai Fung in my opinion...partly because I didn't have to wait an hour for it.

dailygluttony

Last time I went to MLV was last year; I found the food quality had slipped a little since I used to be a regular back when i was a wee UCLA student. But I did order the XLB and they were still good! The other dishes we got were just *eh*. I'd still return & give them another chance though =)

Kady

I've never been to San Gabriel but I will def. go regularly if we move back to L.A. So would you say this place is only good for the XLB?

Ben

What that meal just for you and your missus? That is quite a lot of food. Suanne and I would not normally order so much food (unless of course, if it's a buffet). I like this blog. The chicken LOOKS really good.

Passionate Eater

I am stunned, shocked, and emotionally hurt. Mei Long Village is my favorite place to get shao loeng baos ("XLB") in Southern California--wait, make that all of California, because San Francisco's XLB taste like dog crap (no offense to the Boyz). But I forgive you, because all restaurants have bad days. Sorry that you had to eat the XLBs on a bad day.

(Kirk, if you want, I'll sneak in there with you if the Missus won't go to Mei Long no more.)

Rachel

Hmm how odd, I thought I posted here yesterday and was peeking to see if you made a comment. Sorry if you have read this some other post but I have great news!!!!
I might be going to Shanghai next month!!!! I have to read up all your posts about Shang hai cuisine and learn all about it :D
yippeeeeeeeeeeeee...... what a fortituous coincidence that you posted about this today *beam*

Justin Lo

You have no idea right now how hungry you've made me. You really hit it on the nose, soup-to-meat ratio is, for me, the most important thing of all in siulongbao. Reminds me of the siulongbao I've had was in Vancouver.

So do you eat it all in one bite or do you pop open the dumpling first, slurp up the soup, and then consume the dumpling? I do the former, but I know most of my friends insist the latter is the "proper" way of eating a siulongbao. lol.

~Justin

Rachel

Hehe its nice to have a place to go when you have major cravings that can satisfy them. I have news for you kirk!! I am going to read up on all your Shanghainese cuisine to see what interesting dishes there are because. I am going to SHANGHAI next month !!!!!!!!!!!!! (the crowd goes wild!!!!!) It was kind of a last minute thing but will give you more detail if you are interested. Meanwhile I'll be doing some research to get the most of my trip and explore the area :D

Jean

Kirk, haven't made the XLB dumplings yet (too afraid to attempt). I know I will someday.

dietchilicheesefries

mmm... mud flavor... i can't wait to go try that!! hahaha..

elmomonster

Aw you beat me to it! I had a Mei Long Village post kinda simmering for a while now...of course, I've been putting it off since January - had the pics, but it just kept being pushed back for something else...anyway, great review! I agree completely about that Wine Chicken...it just wasn't flavorful enough...but the XLB were excellent. Better than Din Tai Fung in my opinion...partly because I didn't have to wait an hour for it.

Kirk

Hi Santos - Nope, never made it there yet....as you can imagine, my SGV list gets bigger and bigger. BTW, I really enjoyed you Thai Town, Thai Restaurant post!

http://thirdandfairfax.blogspot.com/2006/07/b-is-for-better.html

Hi Kady - MLV does some other dishes well, and the place is quite popular. It's just that it was too darn hot for roasted pork pump, and other stuff.

Hi Ben - LOL! We carry an ice chest on our visits to LA, for leftovers(in this case we didn't bother with the fish and chicken remnants).

Hi PE - Well I reallly enjoyed the XLB, but the two cold dishes were pretty bad. You're on!

Hi Rachel - Wow, sounds like you'll have a blast, and I can't wait for the posts and photos. BTW, you did post earlier, but due to a glich in Typepad all those comments vanished, but now are back again.

Hi Justin - I'd say a bit of both! I'll usually dip my XLB into the sauce, and place it in a spoon. When it's hot, I'll bite into half of it and have a bite, after all, I wouldn't want a Xiao Long Burn, if you know what I mean. i'll then slurp up the remainder....key is not to lose any soup. As the dumplings cool, I'll do the single bite thing. Sheesh, I guess that's a bit too much information about my XLB eating habits.....

Hi Jean - I'm sure with your cooking skill, they'll turn out fine.

Hi DCCF - So you'll be first in line tomorrow I assume????

Hi Elmo - I enjoy a little thicker wrapper....but still thin enough to see the soup. DTF's wrapper is much too thin for me.

Ted

Really interesting post about Mei Long Village. I often see the place mentioned on LA chowhound. Would you say that its better that Din Tai Fung? Should one only get the soup dumplings? Which soap dumplings to get?

Thanks!

Kirk

Hi Ted - Hope your summer is going well, I know you've been quite active on CH. There are quite a few dishes on the menu, but we really didn't care for the cold appetizers much. Frankly, I think Shanghai City here in SD does them better. As for the XLB, I enjoyed both of them, but really liked the Pork ones better. But for the price, (about $5) you can get them both. I enjoy the XLB at Meilong Village(it's mostly a wrapper thing) much more then those at DTF, but I think you should try them both, to see which you prefer, also you won't get anything near as flavorful, or well crafted in San Diego. Also, the wait at DTF is outrageous... BTW, you know that DTF is a chain based in Taiwan, right?

Jack

Any good Xiao Long Bao in San Diego? I would sure like to try them.

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