Xiao Long Bao Shop Arrives on Clement Dim Sum Scene

Categories: Dim Sum, Palmer

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Tamara Palmer
Xiao Long Bao Shop's namesake soup dumplings.
Xiao Long Bao Shop (635 Clement) is a new addition to the crowd of dim sum options on Clement Street in the Richmond District. It's strictly no-frills, with no profound whiff of newness outside of the "Grand Opening" banner outside. There are tables to sit and eat in, but you'll probably just want to pick up some snacks to go. Despite its name, though, xiao long bao (pork soup dumplings) are not the best item here -- they've got a nice, soft wrapper and clean-tasting pork, but very little liquid inside, so they're a little fraudulent. But they do amount to about 66 cents apiece!

See also: M.Y. China Has San Francisco's Most Expensive Dim Sum

Instead, follow against your instincts here and order the non-titular items such as chili pork dumplings and the fattest, tastiest scallion pancakes we've had in a minute. Perhaps they should rename the place.

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