Let’s talk about Dumpling Time (Video)

  Posted by - August 24, 2017 - $$ (20-50), San Francisco

SOUP DUMPLINGS. Heard of it??? Becauseeeee my friends… it’s about time SF opened up a bomb ass dumpling spot.

So let’s talk dumplings, shall we? Also called the XLB (Xiao Long Bao).

Eat it the right way, and you’ll be in heaven.

Think: an explosion of soft, juicy meat on your first bite.

Eat it the wrong way, and you’ll end up with a wet chin and dirty clothes.

The XLB is made with a really thin layer that holds everything in … AKA… it’s extremely easy to rupture.

  1. So the goal is to use your chopsticks and get it on your spoon.
  2. The inside is EXTREMELY HOT. You want to poke a hole to let the steam out or nibble a piece off.
  3. Let it cool
  4. Put the whole thing in your mouth (<– Lol).
  5. Enjoy!

Whoever said size doesn’t matter has never had this XXL #XiaoLongBao from @dumplingtime_sf

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The ambiance at Dumpling Time is fun, casual and has great energy. The food is done right- dumplings are made fresh every morning, they use high-quality ingredients, and the flavors are unique with a twist.

On a complete side note… I was chillin’ with Elie from FOODBEAST at Dumpling Time. If you guys don’t know who they are…. they are F’ing HILARIOUS. Give them a follow HERE. The FoodBeast team flew up to SF for a foodie event they put together with Hansen’s Soda at latest SF restaurant: Rooh (shoutout to the entire Rooh team because the food was bomb AF!) Now earlier that day… I took them to Dumpling Time. Here’s a recap of the day:

Hilarious, right??? Anyways… back to Dumpling Time. Here’s what to order:

I recommend starting with an order of the shrimp toast. It’s basically a Chinese donut topped with shrimp.

If you love anything spicy… you can’t go wrong with the Xi’an dumplings.

They get real creative with their  “tom yum goong” version of a soup dumpling. It’s filled with black tiger shrimp, pork belly and coconut milk encased in a beet skin. Don’t question- just try it.

And for dessert. Make sure to end with these Baos filled with taro, green tea, and custard. PS: their lines on the weekends get pretty long. Make sure to come early.

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8 Comments

  • Andy Vo September 2, 2017 - 6:00 pm Reply

    I found your blog through your dumpling time post on IG and i’ve been on your site for the past hour reading about all these food places. I cant wait to try this one next weekend!

  • Tracy September 1, 2017 - 12:57 pm Reply

    The tom yum dumplings sounds interesting.

  • Benjamin Tran August 29, 2017 - 4:09 pm Reply

    I saw you there filming that day!! I wanted to say hi, but didn’t want to be creepy haha. The video turned out out!

    • CynEats August 29, 2017 - 4:16 pm Reply

      Hope you had a great meal there. Hi back! :)

  • Jen August 26, 2017 - 3:25 pm Reply

    Ooomg, I miss eating good XLBs!! These look so delicious. I especially want to try the one with the boba straw in it, omg LOL!

    • CynEats August 28, 2017 - 9:36 am Reply

      Haha it’s a must try… especially for the gram! =p

  • Lydia August 24, 2017 - 4:12 pm Reply

    Your pictures are amazing. Are these taken from a camera or on your phone?

    • CynEats August 28, 2017 - 6:29 pm Reply

      Thanks so much! These are all taken from my camera. I shoot with a Fuji xt2, 16-55mm lens.

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