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Xiao Long Bao Shop: More Dumplings for the Richmond 

Wednesday, Jul 10 2013
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Xiao Long Bao Shop 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 besides 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.

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

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