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

Combination vermicelli clay pot – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Combination vermicelli clay pot Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Wow!  I could eat this every day.  It’s so warm, rich, and comforting.  It had a little bit of everything in it: chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, and squid!  The sauce was absolutely amazing and the vermicelli noodles soaked up all of the delicious flavors.  Thank you, XLB Kitchen! 2 person lunch combo $14.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

Combination vermicelli clay pot Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Minced pork noodles – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Minced pork noodles Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Oddly enough, I would say this dish tasted like a Chinese version of spaghetti!  Weird, huh?  My friend order this thinking it was something else, but this is what we got.  It tasted a little bit sweet and the sauce had a slightly slimey texture.  The noodles are underneath and you just mix everything together.  I didn’t NOT like it, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.  They certainly gave you plenty, though.  🙂 $6.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

Sesame chicken – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Sesame chicken Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Omg, this has got to be the best sesame chicken I’ve ever had!  Other versions can sometimes be over-breaded and greasy, but these were perfect.  They had large strips of chicken, only lightly breaded, and not greasy at all.  The sticky sauce was absolutely amazing and the toasted sesames gave it an additional flavor dimension.  SO good, definitely worth a return visit! 2 person lunch combo $14.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

Xiao long tang bao – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Large Shanghai dumpling Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Holy monster Shanghai soup dumpling!  Apparently, these are usually served with a straw so you can suck up all the excess soup from the bottom of the dish.  The dough is way thicker than a normal sized soup dumpling and it has a different texture.  I guess some people don’t even eat the wrapper.  While I appreciate the novelty of this giant dumpling, but I prefer the smaller version to actually eat! 20 minutes for order. $2.50
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

Mu shu chicken – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Mu shu chicken Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Large pile of shredded chicken, napa cabbage, onions, carrots, green onions, black fungus, and scrambled eggs.  Served with mu shu pancakes.  These are always fun to eat because you get to make yummy Chinese burritos of sorts.  The hoisin (or plum sauce) tastes great with the mildly flavored filling. $7.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco