Best Potstickers in San Francisco

Posted by admin on Sep 8, 2013 in Uncategorized |

I’ve been on a search for great potstickers in San Francisco and have had no luck for years… until recently. I just checked out Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa between 34th and 35th Avenues out in the Richmond. The place was a total hole in the wall – scary to most – but kinda had that awful Chinese decor that made it totally legit in my mind (never trust a Chinese restaurant with a nice interior anyway, right).

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The Xiu Long Bao (or juicy buns) were excellent.  Some say that the skin is a bit too thick, but I disagree.  Eat it with the ginger sauce or without, they are incredible.  Sure, they may not be as succulent as the ones at Yank Sing, but you at least don’t need to fork over a month’s wages ;)…   In any case, do NOT put the whole thing in your mouth when they are hot.  The soup inside will scald the skin off your mouth, quite literally… so be careful!  I’ve made the mistake and still continue to do it as my brain says “don’t eat too fast” and my belly says “come on in, we’re open for business.”

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Here’s a pic of the classic potstickers.  I thought they came out well.  The filling was nicely seasoned.  They were good enough to eat without soy sauce.  There’s nothing I can’t stand more than being forced to eat dumplings with soy sauce because the cook didn’t spend the time to properly season it…

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I still haven’t had a chance to go through the entire menu, but there seems to be several amazing dishes to choose from.  The only dish that I thought was lame, boring, and generally lacking of flavor were the noodles.  They were really just filler and not worth the amount of real estate they took up in my ever-expanding belly.

My kid and I take kenpo karate classes out in the Sunset and we often will just call ahead and do pickup, but make sure you leave plenty of time as these dumplings take abou 15-20 minutes to prepare.  Call ahead (415) 387-2088 or just show up to 3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, California 94121.

Try it out… you won’t be disappointed!

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