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When made correctly, xiaolongbao (commonly abbreviated to XLB) are the convergence of culinary artistry and engineering. A tiny crown of pleats tops a delicate dumpling, filled traditionally with pork or crab and notoriously hot soup.

Canada Goose online Lamian is making six types of XLB, each with a different filling marked by cheerfully dyed dough. The blue dough cradles duck; the orange, crab. Black is for truffle, yellow for Gruyere, red for « spicy Szechuan » and the canada goose outlet vancouver standard beige, undyed dough for pork. Beware: The restaurant has been splashing its « rainbow basket » xiaolongbao, featuring one of each colorful dumpling, across Instagram but as of press time, the combo basket isn’t on the menu. If you want XLB in every canada goose outlet real shade, you have to do a full order of each. Canada Goose online


Of course, there’s a lot more to the menu than soup dumplings everything from roasted duck and seafood fried rice to vegan spring rolls and brisket with bone marrow broth.

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But then there was the golden mapo tofu ($9), lightly batter dipped and deep fried tofu with pork, shrimp, chicken and sweet chili sauce. Greasy, dry and lacking any flavor or point, it took everything I love about the canada goose outlet london uk classic, saucy, spicy, comfort dish and stripped it away.

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An iPad picture menu is available upon request. On one visit my dad spied Peking duck, but our server said it was only photographed during tests and not available.

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