A few weeks ago I had a chance to follow-up on Trill's rec for the xiao long bao at Food Topia in the food court near Sogo Tofu. Trying to expand our chow-intelligence here, I wanted to order the crab version, but sadly, they were sold out.
Trill had described the xiao long bao as being closer to the taste of xlb in Taiwan. These were notably less fatty/gelatinous and more savory than the ones I've had at local Shanghainese restaurants. There was a certain green, vegetable flavor to the soup inside that I couldn't quite place. The taste was also less sweet. The skins were suitably thin with a pebbly texture and had a nice elasticity. None of them leaked. Being leaner, the pork filling felt harder and coarser. These felt healthier some how and had a cleaner aftertaste.
That said, I was happy with the dumplings and would order them again.
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