Jia Jia Tang Bao Restaurant Review, Shanghai
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Jia Jia Tang Bao
90 Huanghe Lu, near Fengyang Lu
Jia Jia Tang Bao (佳家汤包) is a small but popular Shanghai steamed dumpling or Xiaolongbao shop in Shanghai. There was a short line when we went there. The cheapest dumplings are also some of the most delicious but small pork dumplings. (RMB$9)
Learn to take small nibble, slurp out the juice, then devour them. This is a great place to visit because across the street is a great Yang’s Fried Dumpling restaurant, so do not eat too much. Jia Jia Tang Bao runs out of dumplings in the afternoon so come early.
Decor, Vibe – Jia Jia Tang Bao is a small restaurant with cramped basic cafeteria style decor. The restaurant was filled with locals enjoying dumplings.
Jia Jia Tang Bao’s Menu has different kinds of dumplings, soup, and drinks.
Signature Dishes – Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai Steamed Dumplings
Jia Jia’s Dumpling Ladies at work
Pork Xiaolongbao (¥9 for 12) had a translucent delicate wrapper enveloping top notch very hot soup and pork. These are on the small side but still managed to have lots of soup. Of course these dumplings were hot out of the bamboo steamer. A dozen small dumplings adds up, so don’t order to many.
People like to argue on who makes best Xiaolongbao in Shanghai. It reaches of splitting hairs at this high level. This is definitely a contender and far better than anything in the US. We like Jia Jia’s version better than Din Tai Fung.
Shrimp Xiaolongbao (¥10.5 for 12) had even better soup than the pork version. Very nice meaty interior. We would rank this dumpling extremely high.
Crab Xiaolongbao (¥22.5 for 12) had a yellow top to indicate its crab powder ingredient. Not much soup but lots of meat inside. We would rank this number three out of the three we ate. You can pay 96 for a version with fresh crab.
Service – Jia Jia Tang Bao took about 20 minutes to get us for food, fairly slow but everything is made to order. The older man handling service joked around with us and let us go in the back to make the video.
Value – Prices are cheap with these high-quality dumplings.
Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include must go to Yang’s Fry Dumplings. Handmade noodles at Lao Kele nearby are also hot.
Verdict – Jia Jia Tang Bao is a great place for low cost and high quality Shanghai steamed dumplings or Xiaolongbao. Little English is spoken. Subway: Peoples Square. Cash only.
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