Bob’s Shanghai in Rockville: it’s quick, it’s cheap and, most importantly, it serves authentic Chinese food, something that is in short supply in DC proper. The dish they’re best known for happens to be one of my absolute favorite foods: xiao long bao (soup dumplings). They offer pork xiao long bao and pork and crab mixed xiao long bao. I wasn’t looking to get too fancy so I stuck with the pork. The bao were a tad on the small side, but perfectly cooked and delicious. For the uninitiated, eating these little bundles of deliciousness requires a little finesse- you have to pick them up with your chopsticks, place them on a spoon, bite a small hole in the side, and suck the delicious soup out before you eat the dumpling. Approach your first with caution: it’s tough to know exactly how hot the soup will be. In addition to the xiao long bao, I also ordered an order of two large fried leek crescents, which were essentially tasty leek-filled dumplings. In the future I’d like to go back and try more of the menu; at the very least, xiao long bao are worth a trip to Rockville.
Bob’s Shanghai 66 is located at 305 N Washington St in Rockville, MD.