Shanghai pan fried noodles – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Project 365: Day 119

It was so weird being back at work today. I guess I wasn’t in Europe for very long, but I feel like I need a few days to get back into the groove. I tried out the new-ish restaurant The Dancing Pig tonight with David against advice from friends, and the reviews I’ve heard were correct – it’s not very good! The service was HORRENDOUS (it was super slow and sporadic and the server forgot our drink order) and the food was just ok. Don’t think I’ll go back.

Shanghai pan fried noodles Xiao Long Bao Kitchen
Fried egg noodles topped with beef, chicken, shrimp, scallops, bok choy, carrots, and mushrooms.
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

I read somewhere that using egg noodles in a dish like this actually makes it Cantonese instead of Shanghainese. I learned something new! You really need lots of sauce in this dish to help soften the fried noodles. This tasted pretty good and I’m glad they don’t skimp on the proteins.

Egg foo young – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Egg foo young Xiao Long Bao Kitchen
Large egg omelettes mixed with minced pork and vegetables. Topped with a rich gravy and sliced green onions.
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

You gotta love anything drenched in gravy! These version had really thick omelettes and plenty of gravy. Both positives in my book!

Braised eggplant with garlic sauce – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Braised eggplant Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Sauteed eggplants with green onion in a garlic chili sauce. Includes daily soup and steamed rice. Lunch special $6.50
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

I keep repeating this, but I love saucy eggplant dishes from Chinese restaurants. I love the texture and the flavor of this dish. The eggplants were large and chunky and the garlic chili sauce was salty and sweet. Yes please!

Spicy ma po tofu – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Spicy ma po tofu Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Tofu cubes with carrots and peas in a chili sauce. $6.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

Omg, this wasn’t spicy AT ALL! I was so disapointed! And because they lined the container with some kind of fragrant leaf, everything started tasting like it. Yuck, I didn’t like the smell of that leaf and the resulting aftertaste in the food. This dish sucked!

Egg flower soup – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Egg flower soup Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Hot soup with egg, seaweed, and tofu. Complimentary with lunch special.
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

This was  a new one for me! I’ve never had a Chinese egg drop soup with seaweed in it. It wasn’t bad, but just different. There was nothing else in there – no tofu or vegetables. Kinda weird, but not untasty.

Egg flower soup Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

General Tso’s chicken – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

General Tso's chicken Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Battered and deep fried chicken pieces in a special suace, with carrots and broccoli. Includes daily soup and steamed rice. Lunch special $6.50
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

Mmm. This totally fulfills my random cravings for salty, fatty, deep fried food. This was pretty tasty and the batter to chicken ratio was decent – more chicken than batter per bite. And you can’t beat the price!

Sweet and sour spareribs Shanghai style – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Project 365: Day 33

My liver hates me right now! Since Codes has been here, I’ve been going out and drinking too much. This must come to an end! I’ve seriously thought about not drinking for the next few weeks and see how long I can actually last.

I also got a street cleaning ticket this morning – $55! So lame, I totally forgot that the car was parked on our side of street. Money down the drain. 😦

Went to XLB Kitchen to celebrate Mats’ birthday. Rapunzel and I ordered the lunch combination again with an order of xiao long bao and it was SO much food. We didn’t finish everything.

Sweet and sour spareribs Shanghai style Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Pork spareribs in a sweet and sour sauce with sesame seeds and steamed broccoli. 2 person lunch combo $14.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

These were ok. I liked the sauce and how fatty they were, but they were also dry, over-cooked, and tough. Don’t think I’d order these again.

Sweet and sour spareribs Shanghai style Xiao Long Bao Kitchen