You might think the contest the title of this post refers to is about the quality of the xiaolongbao, or Shanghai-style soup dumpling, but the contest is really which foodista can convince rivals that he or she has eaten the best XLB.
Not having XLB tours of Shanghai or Taipei to boast about, I prefer to stay out of the brawl. However, a couple days ago I thought I'd stop in for lunch at Kingdom of Dumpling and parked by mistake in front of Dumpling Kitchen. Rebecca Yu's restaurant, it turned out, is still only a few months old. It serves a simple menu of dumplings, noodles, and home-style Shanghai dishes. What drew me in were the ridiculous prices. I came back a few days later for a second order of the XLB.