XLB.

XLB

These are XLBs aka xiao long baos aka soup dumplings. One of my very first meals in San Francisco was at Shanghai Dumpling King where they specialize in XLBs, located a block down from my new church in Outer Richmond. These 10 dumplings for $5 are little pockets of meaty, brothy, gingery, oniony bliss. For a voracious and messy eater such as myself, I needed some XLB consumption training to prevent tongue-burn and juice splatter.

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Also in walking distance from church and from Shanghai Dumpling King is gorgeous Golden Gate Park. Not a bad deal. Update: Sadly, SDK recently moved locations, so no more spontaneous XLBs when I’m at church with Sam. Happily, the new location is closer to where we live.

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