Saturday, July 19, 2008

Free XLB = Happy Me

I met my father, Brother Monkey, and Torry for dinner last night at Shanghai Restaurant (140 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel). Mr. Monkey was in Palm Springs.
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Unlike the lunch I had earlier in the day, there was little to nothing organic about this meal, but it was authentic and good. There are deals to be had, too. Non-Chinese readers, here's a tip: if you buy three entrees on a weekday, you get eight xiao long bao for free!
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Now isn't that a far more useful tip than being careful with hot food? Gotta love secret info that is only available to the Chinese literate! (I can't take full credit. All I could read myself was "Shanghai xiao long bao" and "Monday through Friday." Hooray for Papa Monkey for filling in the details!)

Sauteed ong choy ($7.95) is my favorite vegetable, as many of you know.
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The smoked duck ($10.95) was very...smoky. Good, but I prefer my duck thinly sliced, bone-free, and ready to be enveloped in a fluffy little pancake.
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The mapo tofu impressed everybody. Spicy!
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We liked the pan-fried sea bass, too.
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The Wu Xi pork spare ribs ($8.95) were the weakest dish of the night. Too sweet. Too red.
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And here are our free xiao long bao (usually $5.95). Juicy little pockets of joy.
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After dinner, we hit Nubi Yogurt and Tea Station for sweet treats. Nubi is like Yogurtland. You weigh and pay. My tart yogurt with strawberries and mochi only cost $2.55.
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Torry and I got yogurt. Papa Monkey and Brother Monkey got boba. Everybody got happy.


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