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Disappointed at Shanghai House

hedge_hog | Sep 27, 200906:45 PM

Did I miss something? I was in Richmond on Saturday night. I remembered that Shanghai House and Shanghai Dumpling King were both recommended by CH. Saw SDK first, so I pulled up. But the wait was like an hour, so I walked 3 blocks down to SH. What a difference. Half empty, no wait. I ordered XLB, bean curd puff and stir-fried hand cut noodle. I'm almost 100% positive the XLBs are frozen factory brand. How do I know? I ate 10 of them in like 5 minutes, and you can only do that if there was no soup (3) or soup is not piping hot (7), which was the case. As opposed to the ones from Kingdom of Dumplings, where the skin of XLB gets stretched by the weight of the soup inside when you pick it up, these ones remained stiff and flat bottomed. The bean curd puff is steaming hot on the surface but still frozen underneath. The noodle is too salty, no bak choy and bunch of cabbage.

Did I catch them on a really bad night (but still none of this is excusable)? or did they change chef/owner? It is the one just across the street from Castro Theater right? Just curious, but I would most likely not going back.

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