Shanghai Dumpling Shop: Milbrae, CA, USA
We stopped by here for a brief lunch before heading into San Francisco and our race expo to get some good soup dumplings. Chinese food is not the greatest in SF, since their rival has pretty much stomped out the competition down in the suburbs of Los Angeles, but we wanted something that our stomachs could handle given that we had given into gluttony the day before. Things we ordered included:
- fried string beans
- regular pork soup dumplings
- crab meat soup dumplings
- fried dumplings
- chinese-style ja jiang (black sauce) noodles
Fried String Beans
- great balance in flavor: not overly salty or had a crazy amount of salted/preserved vegetable
- not overly oily as well: it takes a good amount of oil to get these to wrinkle up in the style of the dish, but this one was particularly light in oil
Pork Soup Dumplings
- good quantity to share among two people (which was why we got an order of crab meat dumplings as well since we had four of us)
- not overly salty: some places will over-marinate the meat, this place did a pretty good job
- not as much “soup” in the dumpling as I would like or even compared to that in Atlanta. I can’t believe I’m saying that right now.
Crab Meat Soup Dumplings
- came out piping hot
- very good flavor: these are slightly sweeter than their pork counterparts. I actually like these a little better but still, the pork soup dumplings in Atlanta are hands down better because I believe they put a little bit of rice-wine in their seasoning.
- cannot really detect a significant amount of crab meat.
- good quantity for the price. I want to say that it was about $7 for the entire order.
- appears that they were hand-wrapped dumplings: the skin wasn’t super thin and slightly chewy (or as the Chinese would say “q-q”)
- slightly more marinade for the meat: there were generous meat portions to dough portions but they didn’t add enough salt or sauce. It was fine for us since we ate them with the vinegar that came with the soup dumplings, but some other dumpling sauce would be nice.
Chinese Style Ja-Jiang Noodles: these are slightly better than the Korean version if you want something less greasy. They are not as “dark” in sauce color and use minced meat (probably pork) instead of pork belly which is what I’ve eaten in most of the Korean versions.
- less salty
- less thick and easier to mix, especially with the minced meat
- served with zucchini I believe
- good portion, especially to share between at minimum two to three people
This was a super filling meal but it wasn’t insanely greasy or salty. The meal before was so salty, we ended up peeing so much afterwards. I’ll write more on that later. If you want a quick solid fix (but not amazing) Chinese food, especially dumplings, definitely find yourself seated before 1130 or noon. The line starts very quickly, but the restaurant opens at 11am if you want prime choice of seats. In summary:
- fried string beans: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- regular pork soup dumplings: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- crab meat soup dumplings: ***.7(3.7 stars)
- fried dumplings: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- chinese-style ja jiang (black sauce) noodles: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
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