I found a very yummy authentic Chinese dumpling restaurant in Millbrae, Ca. of all places. Millbrae has a old downtown strip parallel to El Camino with a lot of mom and pop restaurants.
We really enjoyed the Shanghai Dumpling Shop. We knew immediately we were not in your Americanized kinda Chinese joint when I looked on the menu and saw listed “fish head soup”, but don’t let that scare those of you that are not used to that sort of thing. There are plenty of other things on the menu.
The restaurant is known for their dumplings, especially Xiaolongbao (or XLB as they call them on yelp) which is a “little basket bun” because the are steamed in bamboo baskets. Xiaolongbao are also known as soup dumpling. These little guys are quite terrific and we ate them up quickly. We also tried the pan fried versions of these which were equally as heavenly.
According to JT on yelp, this is the correct way to eat Xiaolongbao:
– pick up the XLB carefully with your chopsticks without ‘popping’ the skin; else you will lose all the liquid gold juice and the rest of the table will heckle you for ruining a good thing.
– add a tiny bit of soy and vinegar mixture to your XLB filled soup spoon to enhance the pork flavors.
– eat it whole!!! if you really can’t wait for it to cool off after it reaches your table, take a tiny bite from the top of it to allow the steam to escape.
– as the steam and hot juices are freed… form a ‘O’ shape with your mouth and breathe the steam out and cool air in while you chew. don’t u dare spit it back out into your soup spoon!!
Check out the Shanghai Dumpling Shop. Go for the food and not for the ambiance and you’ll do fine. Watch out though! You can get addicted to these dumplings.Shanghai Dumpling Shop 455 Broadway
Millbrae, CA 94030
Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Mon-Fri 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun 4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.