Zun Ke Lai

You're probably wondering how the top scorer on St. Cavish's Xiaolongbao Index stacks up against the rest. At a whopping score of 24.32, it stands far ahead of its nearest competitor and seems to have an impossibly thin skin at an average 0.72mm holding up an impressive amount of soup and filling. Zun Ke Lai is also a chain with three locations in Shanghai, but this one is the closest to the city center in the Xujiahui Indoor Stadium on Line 1. Plaques on display in the restaurant suggest it has won several awards for its xiaolongbao, particularly the crab roe and pork variety. They were out of crab roe on my last visit, so I could only try the original, but it didn't disappoint. It really was the thinnest skin I'd ever seen, and held up remarkably well with its heavy contents. The soup and filling were umami rich and full of flavor, not the thin, MSG-laden type. It’s impressive how good these were, considering the place is more known for its house yellow croaker noodles. I'll have to go back for those.

See the blog post: http://tinyurl.com/oyjnw6g

666 Tianyaoqiao Lu, in the Shanghai Indoor Stadium.
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Opening times
Fri: 10:30 am - 10 pm
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