I had an early dinner at Dumpling Home in Hayes Valley on a Sunday. I went on a whim as I was in the neighborhood and it was right before they opened for dinner at 5. When I got there there was already a sizable lineup. They don’t take reservations.
I sat outside in their parklet and had:
Beef Brisket Noodle (Soup) ($18.95)
This was ok. The noodles were medium thin and I think freshly made. They were nice, as were the tender pieces of brisket. The mildly spicy broth however lacked a bit of oomph and depth of flavor. A substantial portion.
Juicy Pork Bao(6) ($13.95)
These are shengjian bao but called Juicy Pork Bao on the menu, which I guess is an apt name for them. Delicious and a must order, still the best SJB I’ve had in SF so far. Very juicy (take care when biting into it!) with a crunchy layer on the pleat side.
Pork Xiao Long Bao(4) ($8.95)
These come in orders of 4 or 8. These were very good XLB. And like the SJB very juicy.
I ordered too much (typical) and took some of the SJB home. I think next time I will stick more to the dumplings.