Shanghainese at S&W China Taste 上海小吃 in City of Industry, CA

Shanghainese at S&W China Taste 上海小吃 in City of Industry, CA

A group of us had planned to go to lunch at another Shanghainese place called Noodle Kitchen in Rowland Heights.  However, a few days before this lunch, we found out though Yelp that Noodle Kitchen had shuttered, leaving me to scramble to find a new eatery for us to try.

While everything was good, I didn’t find anything that stood out.  Their Xiao Long Baos (XLBs, aka Soup Dumplings) were just okay.  Meat filling was nicely seasoned, but the dumplings did not fill up with soup broth.  Each of the ones I bit into did not have any broth in them.

Their Deep Fried Fish Filet with Seaweed was cooked well but needed a bit more salt & pepper seasoning mix.

The food here is seasoned nicely, and the flavors can be subtle. And that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Shanghainese Food at Southern Mini Town 小南國 in San Gabriel

Shanghainese Food at Southern Mini Town 小南國 in San Gabriel

Little hole-in-the-wall in the same mini-mall with the ever so popular Golden Deli.  The food it tasty; the prices are fair; but compared to other similar restaurants, the portion sizes for some of the dishes were on the paltry side.

One of their popular dishes is this huge pork hock, served over a bed of greens and a dark sauce made with soy sauce and honey.  The hock is cooked down well, the meat just falls off the bone at the slightest touch.

Though their Pan Fried Shanghai Rice Cakes were tasty, the soup dumpling (xiao long bao) and the pan fried pork buns were decent, but you can easily get them better elsewhere…

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