빠오즈푸 – When it comes to xiao long bao (“XLB”) in Seoul, there are a lot of places that offer it. Mister Suh Mandu in Ewha Women’s University, Yeon Gyo in Yeonnam Dong and Shanxi Noodle in Kondae offer up some XLB for the price. I think Baozi Pu, located in Gwangjin-Gu right at the Children’s Grand Park subway station, should be considered as Top 5 for XLB especially for the price that they are charging.
Baozi Pu offers 3 different types of XLB – Beef, Shrimp and Garlic Chives. This restaurants calls the XLB baozi which I guess it technically is. Baozi is a steamed bun and the XLBs are steamed buns.
What made these XLBs stand out was the silky texture of the dough. Even after the XLBs cooled down, the dough was still silky soft. For example the XLBs at Shanxi Noodles harden up when they cool down. It may also have to do with the type of gelatin that they use.
The XLBs also maintained their hold. Out of 14 XLBs (1 beef and 1 seafood), there was only one breakage.
The other items on the menu were just so-so. They offered up Sichuan dan-dan myun noodles but were more peanut buttery than peppercorn spicy. The noodle texture were great. The wonton soup noodles were eh.
You should come here solely for the XLBs and the shrimp dumplings.
Note: This establishment recently appeared on the TV food show – 수요미식희 – on September 27, 2018 so there are long lines at least at lunch time when I went.