Today I had a long day of work off-site and decided to get dinner in the Richmond. I had a taste for chewy noodles and dumplings, so I visited Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa for the first time, and it was so very good.
I wasn't in the mood for exploration so I ordered two things I liked at the sister shop in Millbrae: stir-fried rice cakes and xiao long bao. The rice cakes were as amazing as the first time I tried them in Millbrae. I don't know what I was doing with the previous 27 years of my life; it's all a blur before I met rice cakes. These are probably my ideal noodles: quite chewy, sticky with sauce, and about the size of your thumb, mixed with bits of chicken and shredded cabbage. I ate till I was full and still probably have leftovers for two lunches.
The XLB weren't quite as good as the ones I had in Millbrae; they had a nice gingery flavor, but the skins were a bit thicker and less delicate. Still they were good, and I would order them again.
A friend of mine from work happened to be at the restaurant at the same time; he sent over some donuts to my table. Dear lord, these were so good. They were like dan tat in donut form: warm, rich, eggy and completely delicious, with a little puff of sugar on top.
My friend ended up paying my bill (sneaky!) so I didn't see the final tally, but I'd guess it was well under $15 for what essentially comprises three meals. When I return it'll be tough not to repeat my order exactly.
Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121