While on my never-ending, Very Important Quest to try every single xiao long bao in San Francisco, one spot stands out - Dumpling Home. The juicy, soft pork filling and delicate, chewy skin on the soup dumplings were absolutely fantastic. And if the promise of perfect soup dumplings isn’t enough for you to clear your schedule for the night and immediately head toward Hayes Valley, the rest of the menu is incredible, as well. Exhibit A: the shengjianbao - soup-filled, pan-fried dumplings with satisfyingly crunchy bottoms. Every dish I tried, from the green veggie dumplings to the sticky, sweet dry-fried chicken wings, raised the bar for the next. Refraining from ordering the entire menu was a massive exercise in self-control - but all the more reason I’ll probably come back next week.
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