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Monday, March 8, 2010

SFoodie's 92: Egg Puffs from Shanghai Dumpling King

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As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

Number 51: Egg Puffs from Shanghai Dumpling King

While technology-oriented cooking can be overbearing in high-end settings, minor feats of molecular gastronomy always thrill at casual restaurants. Take, for instance, Shanghai Dumpling King's sugar-crusted fried egg puffs. As they alight on your table, swollen and hissing, arriving on the heels of a sumptuous spread of stock-squirting dumplings, you don't quite know what to make of them. Dessert, you think ― even if they came a few minutes before your last round of lion's head meatballs. Yet when you chomp down on one, the mottled yellow puff collapses like a cartoon tire, and your mouth is full of what tastes like the very best scrambled eggs you've ever eaten. Who knows how much they cost? Sometimes they're free, but usually, a plate will run a few bucks. Get an order and share the excess with a neighboring table, or take leftovers home to hoard for breakfast.

Shanghai Dumpling King 3319 Balboa (at 34th Ave.), 387-2088

Craving more? Check out these previous links to our countdown:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan

No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa

No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

No. 77: Lasagna from Zuppa

No. 76: Chicharrones from 4505 Meats

No. 75: Langka Ice Cream from Mitchell's

No. 74: Bacon Potato Chips from Who's Your Daddy

No. 73: Lamb Dumplings from Kingdom of Dumpling

No. 72: Chile-Braised Carnitas Sandwich from Bento 415

No. 71: Chili from Mission Burger

No. 70: Croissants from La Farine

No. 69: Xiu Mai Banh Mi from Saigon Sandwich

No. 68: Creme Brulee from Sweet.

No. 67: Limon Cebiche from Limon

No. 66: Chicken and Waffles from Brown Sugar Kitchen

No. 65: Brioche Bread Pudding from Tartine Bakery

No. 64: Turkish Salad from Old Jerusalem

No. 63: Ribs from Bruno's

No. 62: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Stewed Octopus) from La Ciccia

No. 61: Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky from Marin Sun Farms

No. 60: Pozole from Chilango

No. 59: Lobster Roll from Sam's ChowderMobile

No. 58: Dry-Fried Chicken Wings from San Tung

No. 57: John Campbell's Scones from Lovejoy's Tea Room

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