went to the aforementioned ding’s garden this past weekend. i had never patronized any of the other branches.
the XLB, described as “with peanuts” were unremarkable, sad for a place that is supposed to specialize in shanghai-ese cuisine; the wrappers were thick and leaky.
otherwise, the waitress was surprised that this non-fluent mandarin speaker knew to order two of the most popular dishes on the menu.
for those who have never been & like cold plates, i recommend the cold plate with beef, beef tendon, pig ear & tofu. the pic does not adequately represent the size of the dish.
the beef noodle soup is apparently also quite popular.
skip the XLB, order the cold plate (if you like them) & the noodle soup