Jds Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant specializing in xiao long bao (soup dumplings) located in the Firstfield Shopping Center at 519 Quince Orchard Rd in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jds Shanghai is one of the few places in the DC metro area that has xiao long bao, which is a food that I absolutely crave (I refer to them as xiao long bae). My favorite place in the world for xiao long bao is Nan Xiang Dumpling House in Flushing, NY. Jds Shanghai lacks the frenetic atmosphere of Nan Xiang or the cool
location in the middle of Flushing Chinatown (Jds Shanghai is basically in a suburban strip mall). The xiao long bao themselves may not be quite as good, but they still totally hit the spot. I ordered pork xiao long bao, mixed pork and crab xiao long bao, and xiao long bao containing chinese okra, crab and pork. I also ordered a scallion pancake stuffed with beef which was tasty as well. Previous reviews of this place online mentioned poor service; I did not find this to be the case at all. The servers were friendly and very attentive. Be aware that if you don’t have a car, the place is a 10 minute Uber (or Lyft if that’s how you roll) ride from Shady Grove metro.