Kingdom of Dumpling

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Five spice marinated beef.  Slices of gelatinous beef served cold on a bed of mixed greens.  A nice snack to start off the meal.

Grilled lamb skewers.  Gotta love the very basic menu descriptions at Chinese restaurants.  Tender lamb with a surprising kick from the spices.  First time having a skewered dish like this at a Chinese restaurant and was pleasantly surprised.
Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) at Kingdom of Dumpling - #12 on 2012 7x7 SF's Top 100 Eats
Soup dumplings, Shanghai soup dumplings, xiao long bao, or XLB, whatever you call them, is the thing to order here.  There are a handful of XLB restaurants in this area with the two most popular being Kingdom of Dumpling and Shanghai Dumplings (see my post HERE).  I found the xlb here to be lukewarm with minimal soup in the dumpling.  Big disappointment.  The xlb at Shanghai Dumplings are much better.  

Thick skinned steamed lamb dumplings that were a little bland.  Totally unmemorable.

Beef tendon noodle soup.  Chewy pieces of tendon swimming in a rather bland beef broth. 

Shanghai pan fried dumplings.  Like squishy balls of dough.

Address:                       Kingdom of Dumpling
                                             1713 Taraval St.
                                             San Francisco, CA

Type:                               Chinese

Popular chomps:  Xiao Long Bao

Chomp worthy:      grilled lamb skewers            

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