Tagged: Shanghainese Restaurants

May 14

I Dumpling = “WOW”

Over the weekend, my sister told us about I Dumpling located in Redwood City, she passed by it but never tried it.  So, we decided to drive to a city we pretty much never visit unless we have jury duty.

We went there on a Sunday afternoon and there was a wait. I think it depends on what time you arrive, we got there at 1:30pm and the place was still busy. It’s a very small, simple and casual restaurant that seats about 25 people.

The three of us decided to pig out! We only got one order of Xiao Long Baos so that we could order lots of other dishes,  the Xiao Long Baos skin was light, the pork in the dumpling was fresh and tender, and last but the least, it was soupy!  We also ordered the plump Shrimp and Chive Dumplings, the crispy Green Onion Pancake, the Spicy Beef Tendon with Parsley, the delicious tingly Spicy Sliced Beef Soup with fresh Handmade Noodles that never got soggy and the tender Fried Pork Chop served with Rice, Ground Pork, Preserved Vegetables and a Soy Sauce marinated Egg.


Xiao Long Baos, Spicy Beef Tendon with Parsley and Fried Pork Chop served with Rice! The Shrimp and Chive Dumplings were good too but the skin was a little too doughy for us.

The food was so wonderful and flavorful that the three of us almost finished everything!  We are so impressed, we can’t wait to return for our next visit, it was definitely worth the drive! We found a new gem!


May 08

Soupy Xiao Long Baos at Happy Cafe

My family and I have been coming to Happy Cafe Restaurant for years! We first discovered this place when my parents owned a store in Chinatown and the owner always bought the best meats for the restaurant. My mom began to ask where the owners restaurant was cause owners normally buy cheap meats but this particular owner was very picky and buying the best meats possible! And this is the story of how we found the xiao long baos! Sadly, the previous owners moved back to Shanghai this year and the restaurant is currently owned by the previous owners brother. It still taste good and the xiao long baos are still soupy as they should be, but the flavors are not as good as before.  They have lots of other dishes too, such as the spicy beef tendons, salted and sweet soy milk on the weekends, fried pork chop, stir fried Shanghai noodles, Chinese donuts and more!