Shanghai Flavor Shop – Sunnyvale, CA (Bay Area)

Simply put, this place is only good for its “Sheng Jian Bao” 生煎包. Sheng Jian Bao is a Chinese bread bun filled with pork, topped with sesame seeds and pan fried (usually the top) til crispy.

I was really craving for Sheng Jian Bao for a week, finally came here on a Friday evening. This place was too busy, we were seated quickly. We ordered Sheng Jian Bao, Red Bean Bun/Cake, Beef Curry Noodle Soup, and Sauteed Eel with Noodle Soup.

Sheng Jian Bao 生煎包 – probably the best dish of the night. Very crispy top, bun was soft, meat was juicy. I will definitely recommend the bun, but nothing else.

Sheng Jian Bao 生煎包

Sheng Jian Bao 生煎包

Pan Fried Crispy Topped with Black Sesame Seeds

Pan Fried Crispy Topped with Black Sesame Seeds

There were juices inside

Juicy Inside

Red Bean Bun/Cake – very average, red was a overly sweet to my liking and skin was so thick.

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Red Bean Bun/Cake

Sauteed Eel Noodle Soup – worst dish of the night. I ate more bamboo shoot than anything else. The amount of “eel” they put it in was sad. The soup tasted like water down instant noodle soup base.

Sauteed Eel Noodle Soup

Sauteed Eel Noodle Soup

Beef Curry Noodle Soup – Again, bad! You get about 12 pieces of thinly sliced tasteless “beef” and water down instant noodle soup base. For $7.95 per bowl, they can certainly do better than these.

Beef Curry Noodle Soup

Beef Curry Noodle Soup

I would only go for the Sheng Jian Bao 生煎包 and get it to go.

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