Still, decor is nice even if the privacy isn't quite there all the time -- tables near the walls are quite close together.
The Xiao Long Bao here come in steamers of 8, and each bao is about the size of a ping pong ball.
Luffa and Shrimp Xiao Long Bao ($7.95 for 8)
- Where's my shrimp?
- More importantly, where's my soup?
- Delicious soup.
- Filling tasted fatty but otherwise quite tasty.
- Where's my shrimp and scallop?
- Asparagus is token -- one piece slightly bigger than the eraser at the end of your pencil.
- Meaty portion! It's like a quarter (or more) of chicken, without the inconvenience of bones. Price for portion is really decent for this item.
- Deep fried but not hot inside. Chicken may have been cooked separately and prepped for deep frying.
- Couldn't taste anything except chicken, especially once you slather on the provided mayo. I recommend you skip the mayo.
- Just enough condensed milk. If you like more, then maybe ask for more up front.
- Bun was pleasantly fluffy on the inside. But otherwise nothing too special here. Use lots of the condensed milk.
In-restaurant menus are all colour-pictures, which is really helpful. But the pricing on their Xiao Long Bao was $1 more than the online menu.
Don't try to confuse them by asking for a particular menu item to be delayed because they might totally forget it (they did that to us). Food apparently comes when the kitchen preps it. (This is what some non-Chinese restaurants are calling "family style" nowadays.)
TIP: There is a Wednesday special! And their Richmond location has weekday specials as well.
TIP: Remember to get your XLB card stamped at the time you pay. 10 steamers and you get 1 free.