Chinatown’s Xiao Long Dumplings brings its roster of small basket buns to Chinatown Plaza, replacing the 6,815-square-foot Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant on the western side of the landmark retail center. The restaurant’s name pays tribute to the xiao long bao steamed buns on the menu as well as Li Xiao Long, better known as film and martial arts icon Bruce Lee. A cheeky large mascot dubbed Mr. Chairman Bao greets diners as they walk in to the restaurant.
On the menu, diners can find bamboo baskets of six soup dumplings — prepared with shrimp, pork, crab, chicken, beef, and vegetables — along with less common choices among the appetizers, including beef tripe in hot pepper sauce, wood ear with vinaigrette dressing, preserved egg with tofu, and marinated gluten. Diners can also opt for small bites, more than 15 different noodle choices, plus stir-fried dishes, rice cakes, fried rice, and a dessert selection featuring a chocolate-filled dumpling.
Xiao Long Dumplings, Chinatown Plaza, 4275 Spring Mountain Road #D101, 725-204-6916. Open Sunday from noon to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.