Shengjian bao. I don’t think these are supposed to be so doughy, but we like doughy things and the filling was tasty.
Rating: One thumb up (Miko), one sideways (Jenne)
Time in: 7:15 PM
Time out: 8:14 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Pineapple seafood fried rice, Yang Chou fried rice, beef fried noodles
What we ordered: Yang Chou fried rice, beef fried noodles, Shengjian bao
Number in our party: 3 (with Laura as a guest judge)
Final check amount: $23.65
Price per person: $7.88
- We had very low expectations because they had a gigantic menu, and we were grateful that it did not suck.
- The server totally gaijined us! To gaijin (verb, from the Japanese word for foreigner) is to assume that customers can’t handle interesting dishes because they are not of the restaurant’s cuisine’s ethnicity. We asked her what her favorite dish was on the menu, and she answered the chow mein and fried rice. Yeah right!
- The fried rice was nicely seasoned and simple. It could have used more pepper, though.
- The beef tasted like it often does at Chinese restaurants — strangely tender and gelatinous. We both find that a bit too creepy to eat.
We thought the noodle dish tasted like pretty good yakisoba, minus the worcestershire-ish flavor of yakisoba sauce.
- They don’t have any condiments on the table, not even soy sauce. The server looked a little taken aback when I (Miko) asked for it.
I had never had this type of bao before, and I liked them! But not as much as I like good xiaolongbao.
- In the end, we thought it was pleasant, but not remarkable. Jenne commented that, while it tasted fine, we did not have the satisfied, happy-feeling in our stomachs afterward that Dumpling Inn gives us.
Address: 4646 Convoy St Ste 110
Phone number: 858.560.1888
Noise level: 2 (no music, which we enjoyed)
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: It’s the hideous Crab Hut parking lot.
Ideal group size: Any