You may remember that long ago, my favorite place for soup dumplings was New Yeah Shanghai. After years of patronage, something must have changed  (most likely the chef)  and the soup dumplings, as well as other dishes, were never the same again. We even went back two more times just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but by May of 2008, we had decided never to return.

Sadly, it’s taken years for me to find another GREAT soup dumpling and I use the word BEST very carefully. To ensure that there were no lucky nights, I waited till I visited several times. I am now comfortable dubbing Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao 38-12 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354, the best soup dumpling place of the moment.

The skin is so perfectly even and consistent through every piece I’ve ever had. They are filled with more delicious soup than the others, pillow soft and deceptively light, rich with pork meatiness balanced by the black vinegar and ginger.  Oh so additive.

Soup Dumplings

Actually, there’s 2 must-haves here, Nan Xiang also wins for BEST pan-fried pork buns, another Shanghainese favorite of mine. The dough on these define fluffy and the thin crisped bottom is such a lovely contrast in each bite. Again, these have a porky meaty filling while feeling a little more substantial and not at all oily.

Pan Fried Pork Buns

You can have a satisfying meal with just those two dishes but there’s plenty more good stuff there. This bean curd and celery salad garnished with fresh cilantro is healthy and refreshing.

bean curd and celery salad

They have a great variety of soups and noodle soups. The style is very light in the broths, lighter on salt, and perfect for when you’re not feeling great. I love the pork and salted vegetable noodle soup and the wonton soup. My dad loves their chicken soup. Pictured right behind the wonton soup is my dad’s favorite dish here, Shanghai Shu Mai. Instead of the more familiar pork and shrimp filling, it’s a sticky rice and black mushroom filling.

wonton soup

The scallion pancake, scallion pancake with beef rolled inside, and leek pocket are both decent but not the draws. The pan-fried udon is pretty plain but done well. Just a few strips of pork and some meager veg, yet the noodles are perfectly bouncy and satisfying.

Pan-fried Udon

The turnip puffs are better than average, piping hot with lots of layers in the pastry. The turnip strips can be a little tough at times.

Turnip Puff bitten

The prices here are typical of Flushing, cheap. There’s almost always a line and they don’t take reservations. Usually, it’s just the normal Chinese service, just acceptable, but on our last visit, it was really bad. Our first waiter never put our order in to the kitchen. After 30 minutes and seeing that 2 tables that sat after we ordered were already served, we inquired and found out from another waiter that there was no order for us. Pointless but my mom confronted the waiter about it and he didn’t care at all and just started fighting with my mom. At least apologize! There’s really no excuse for that. Still, I never expect much by way of service at Chinese restaurants so I will be back because the food is really good!

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