These are hands down the best soup dumplings I have ever had. Let me qualify that by saying, I went to Shanghai this summer looking for better soup dumplings and did not find any. Allow me to note that i did not try every soup dumpling place in all of Shanghai but I did eat soup dumplings at least one time every day at different notable locations and could not find ones I liked more. Here is why I think Shanghai Cafe has the best Soup dumplings. 1) The Flavor of the crab and pork dumpling is divine. The pork fat and crab juices mix together to create a flavor better than anything else I have had. 2) The size of the dumplings: these are the biggest soup dumplings I have seen... ANYWHERE! They are big and have a lot of soup. Their size may be abnormal to traditional soup dumplings (as the ones I have had in Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, and other places in NYC have all been smaller) but I feel this is the perfect portion. 3) They do not fall apart easily. Breakage is a problem with most other soup dumplings but not these so long as you eat them while they are hot. Lastly, if you want to kick these up a notch ask for the spicy chili oil and drip some in, it is an incredible addition if you like some kick.
As for everything else at Shanghai Café… well… it is whatever. The food is fine. The other dim sum is good. The place is almost always crowded and you have to wait. The staff is sort of nice in an overly busy, trying to turn tables as quick as possible way. Regardless, this place is a must go simply for the soup dumplings. They are in the top three best dishes I have ever had, which keeps me coming back for more. Enjoy!
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