I have long frequented Panda Dumpling in San Carlos. But I have never been to I Dumpling in Redwood City until last weekend. I have heard acquaintances who’s a fan of I Dumpling. Also, until a year or two ago Panda had a branch on El Camino in Redwood City, very close to I Dumpling. That branch eventually closed down so I was interested to find out what caused I Dumpling to be more competitive in RWC.
Xiao Long Bao- thin skin, very fresh pork, made right in front of diners before going into the steamer, delicately made.
various dumplings- already trail XLB by a mile. though they are still nice, but the filling is salty.
Most menu items other than XLB. We usually find ourselves there ordering 3 trays of XLBs, a tray of dumpling and nothing else.
I Dumpling strength: (based on one visit)
Dumplings are better made than Panda, less salty. Much cheaper $6 for 12. vs $8 for 10 at Panda. I’d love to explore more of their noodle menu. Its great chewing on the tasty gelatinous tendons in the beef tendon noodle soup. the noodle was a little soft. broth had no MSG and the meaty taste seemed to come from beef stock. Their price overall is quite cheap, especially for RWC.
I Dumpling weakness:
XLB- not their strong suit. Go to Panda instead.
Go for good value variety like dumpling and noodle at I Dumpling, and satisfy the XLB craving at Panda.