I am really not a fan of queueing, really hated it. When you see my in a line waiting, most likely it involves food! It was no difference this time. We lined up for over 40 minutes for its famous Xiao Long Bao (XLB) or what also known as Xiao Long Mantou 小籠饅頭 (mini buns). I think they are called mini buns / mantou for a reason because the XLBs being served have really thick dough / skin like tiny steamed mini buns.
Worth the 40 mins line up? RMB 20 for 12 XLBs ... I guess it was worth a try. These XLBs were served in batches, if you missed one batch, prepare to wait for 15 more minutes while they are being steamed.
I still like my XLB with thin dough but it was nice to have tried the alternatives. There were plenty of meat juice inside each one with a hints of sweetness to it as well. A little vinegar as dipping sauce complimented the flavors very well. (I have heard that the quality of the XLBs are different if you dine-in at their upstairs restaurant, but I guess I have to revisit to verify that.)
It made me wonder, should the XLB's skin be thin or thick? Is there a standard? hummm ... I am not too certain but I have a feeling they were "invented" as a "snack" and not as a delicacy.
- A pleasant alternatives to the usual thin skinned XLBs
- plenty of meat juice with hints of sweetness
- LINE UP!
Avg Spending: RMB 20 per person
Nanxiang Steamed Bun 南翔饅頭店
No 85, YuYuan Road, Shanghai.