Although we still have Dim Sum Garden and Sakura Mandarin providing Xiao Long Bao here in Philly, there can never be too many sources for these delicate dumplings filled with broth.
Restaurants rarely call them soup dumplings, more often they're listed on menus as steamed juicy buns or just Xiao Long Bao. Here, they're called Steamed Shanghai Juicy Dumplings. And they're good - our batch was delicate, tasty, and none stuck to the steamer or fell apart as we tried to eat them. I don't know for sure that these are made in-house, but, no matter, they're prepared carefully, and served with the requisite ginger-soy sauce.
If I'm seriously craving full-on Sichuan, I'll still head to Han Dynasty, but if I'm in the mood to try a variety of styles at one meal, this place will be a strong contender.
Despite that pile of food, we had a craving for ribs, so we asked our waiter which ones were the best (there are about 4 different preparations on their menu.) He recommended the Wu Xi ribs, which were in fact very delicious, but a little too similar to the Dong Po Rou. In the future I'd get one or the other at any one dinner, but they're both quite good.
We barely scratched the surface of their very large menu, so we're looking forward to heading back and trying more. Stay tuned for updates! And yes, we'll even try the Thai food, even though I remain very skeptical about that...
They keep fairly late hours: they open at 11am every day, and don't close until 11pm weeknights; midnight on Friday and Saturday, 10pm on Sunday.
Service was very friendly and helpful, and the place itself, although small, is attractive and well-maintained.
933 Race Street