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The booths and dining room at Dumpling Story

Dumpling Story Valencia



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Xiao long bao enthusiasts across SF are familiar with Dumpling Home and their sister spot with an identical menu, Dumpling Story. And while the actual food at this Mission location of Dumpling Story is just as fantastic as its predecessors, the space is what sets this outpost apart. You’ll bite into shengjianbao from plush green booths or a seat at the marble bar, or gnaw on crackly chicken wings under a monkey-shaped chandelier. Basically, this is the vibiest spot for dumplings in the city, and you should come for long group dinners or a second date before heading to a nearby bar in the Mission

A spread of xiao long bao, wings, noodles, and shengjianbao at Dumpling Story

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The exterior of Dumpling Story

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Food Rundown

The pan-fried pork bao from Dumpling Story

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Pan-Fried Pork Buns

There’s so much soup in these crunchy-bottomed buns that whoever’s sitting across from you will be in the splash zone. Order these, but warn your tablemates to take cover.
The crab and pork xiao long bao from Dumpling Story

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Crab And Pork Xiao Long Bao

Topped off with a halo of crab and best doused in vinegar, these precisely folded soup dumplings are our top pick here—and if you want to shake things up from your usual pork XLB routine, these are the way to go.
A bowl of dry-fried chicken wings at Dumpling Story

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Dry-Fried Chicken Wings

Roll up your sleeves to get hands-deep in this bowl of sweet, slightly spicy dry-fried wings. They glisten like little chicken jewels under the light of the monkey chandeliers.
The tomato egg noodles at Dumpling Story

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Tomato Egg Noodles

We typically focus on anything steamed, boiled, or pan-fried at Dumpling Story, but this tomato egg noodle dish is the exception. It’s a simple take on the comfort dish, with a mildly sweet flavor that’s refreshing compared to the rest of the menu.

Green Onion Pancakes

These crispy pancakes leave that satisfying bit of grease on your fingers but aren’t overly heavy. You can’t go wrong ordering these for the table.

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