Here’s my take on the XLB from 2011: 'I liked the XLB, though the juice was a bit fatty (hence the flavor!)’
I don’t get to go to Bamboo Garden these days. My wife vetoes it on the rare occasions I bring it up, so I don’t even bring it up any more. And its in the same general hood as Kumino, which I thought was the most competitive in its price range around there.
Its worth making the distinction between the steamed dumpling (e.g. XLB) from the Shanghai/ Jiangnan area versus the boiled dumpling from Dongbei. Panda makes a nice XLB, but less strong on dumplings. iDumpling is the other way round I think. I am not sure if Dumpling City has XLB. But if they do, its probably going to be similar to Kingdom of Dumpling’s in SF.