Man Long Chun is a small local restaurant in Shanghai serving the most famous of Shanghainese foods—the xiaolongbao. In addition to the soupy dumpling, they do an excellent bowl of scallion oil noodles.
The restaurant is located on Yongkang Lu, a cafe-lined street known for its infamous past as a bar hopping strip.
They have English menus and the place is impressively clean, both big draws for expats and tourists.
Xiaolongbao is the main attraction. These soup-filled steamed dumplings originated from the Jiangnan region and are known as a Shanghai specialty.
The traditional filling is pork (鲜肉小笼包), which Man Long Chun serves for ¥22 per long (笼), the collective noun for a steamer basket of six dumplings. The dumpling skins here are thin, yet strong enough to hold the filling.
They have about eight varieties of xiaolongbao to choose from, including some seasonal specialties. Popular orders include the chicken with Sichuan pepper (¥25, 爽麻藤椒鸡丁), crab and shrimp (¥78, 蟹肉虾仁), and crab roe (¥128, 蟹黄).
For heartier dumplings, they also have shrimp and meat wontons in soup (¥30, 虾肉大馄饨). These are rather unremarkable, best stick to the xiaolongbao. Though, be sure to order a bowl of scallion oil noodles (¥25, 葱油拌面). These stringy noodles are pretty good. Best for sharing.
There are more popular timeless chains slinging xiaolongbao. Some might argue those time-tested venues taste way better and have thinner, more elastic dumpling skins with soupier soups. I’m no expert—you can consult the Shanghai Soup Dumpling Index—but they’re pretty good to me!
Man Long Chun is great, especially if you live in the area or if you’re on a cafe walk on Yongkang Lu.
Man Long Chun 满陇春
Address: 73 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu 永康路73号, 近襄阳南路
Hours: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm