there is no XLB thread on local LA FTC board and so i decided to start this one, mainly because someone mentioned that “mama” had returned to dean sin world (DSW) and i went earlier this month to check it out.,
i would recommend DSW as being chow-worthy again - if you don’t mind getting cups that look like someone with a massive underbite used it first. but that’s actually part of the quaintness of a place that uses 20 oz. black vinegar bottles purchased directly from the supermarket directly on the table.
the XLB came out piping hot, with the leak minimized by using a soup spoon to facilitate transfer. ginger is available when you ask, and with a little practice, you could get just the right amount of vinegar out of the bottle to cut the fattiness of the soup broth. (think presbyterian/catholic baptism vs. total immersion.) to me, that’s part of the appeal of the no-frills approach.
the SJB were also pretty good
though the shui jian bao at tasty noodle house (same plaza as golden deli)
are now my current fave head and shoulders above the kang kang version
going back to XLB’s i still prefer the more delicate yet leakproof version at shanghai dumpling house;
to any XLB to be found at prospect plaza at J&J (probably the best of the 3),
one plaza to the west.
honorable mention to P P Pop in MP for their less refined version being only $4.75 (up from $4) and being available until they close at 10 pm,
and being a better value than the $5 lunch special available at shanghai restaurant in focus plaza.
i had the version served by 101 noodle express earlier this month. ( i went there because i forgot that flavor garden is closed on wednesdays.)
this reflects places i’ve visited in the last 12 months i think most folks would like an updated list, especially since a number of new shanghai places have hit the scene more recently.
i REALLY recommend trying the shui jian bao at tasty noodle house - lightly crispy on the bottom, light and fluffy bun and porky filling. and eat them while they’re still hot.