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Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Albany Jane

Oh. My. Gosh. So many kinds of delicious XLB. Now this is a trip. I also agree with the quantities in which you eat them.

Also - those are some sweet steamer baskets. It looks like they didn't need a cabbage liner?

Boots in the Oven

AJ, I think I finally see why people fetishize these little beasts so much! Yes, a trip to Shanghai to eat them is absolutely in order.

Yup, no cabbage! The steamer baskets were filled with some kind of fine straw that radiated out from the center, so there were large enough gaps for the steam to come through but not so large that they'd hurt the dumplings. I think this part of the basket must have to be replaced fairly often, because we got baskets with the straw in varying states of repair.

JP Villanueva

this is the most useful, most informative post on 小笼包 and 生煎包 I have ever seen.

I lived in Shanghai before living in NYC, so I was a little puzzled at the bossy instructional videos in NYC saying you must use a soup spoon, etc. In Shanghai, we were face down onto the table, slurping the soup out of the escape hatch we had bitten.

Boots in the Oven

Thank you, JP - that's really nice of you to say! I have to say that I was worried about eating them incorrectly, but that turns out to be an extremely silly concern. The only worry is keeping from burning the crap outta your mouth!


In-depth research on Xiao Long Bao!It makes my seemingly impossible task to find the best representative of the shanghainese soup dumplings in town doable.I'm going to slurp my day off!Radka

Boots in the Oven

Oh good! I hope you find it useful - I know things change in China with a quickness!

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