Xiao Long Bao: How to cook and how to eat


Xiao long bao is often called “soup dumpling” because of the soup inside the “dumpling”. It is not considered a dumpling in China, though, because of the way it is wrapped: the topmost part is twisted to seal the contents in the flour dough skin. Dumplings, on the other hand, are wrapped in such a way that the dimsum wrapper is pinched along the sides of the filling. Anyway, xiao long bao is a ball of ground pork and shrimp, mixed with jellified or gelatinized chicken stock wrapped in flour dough. When the “balls” are steamed, the stock liquefies thereby creating soup inside. Genius.

There are many ways to eat xiao long bao. Do as you please to personally enjoy the rich taste and texture. You can carefully lift it up with your spoon (dip it in sauce with chopsticks first if you want), take a small bite on the side and let the flavorful soup fill your mouth, and then feast on the solid parts. Or…

Xiao long bao served with a straw in a restaurant in Shanghai, China

17 comments:

  1. Cool, I'm looking for recipes online!

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  2. Interesante explicación de una comida que no conocía.
    Saludos

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  3. hello Lea,
    very interesting! I always was very exceptic to the China Food, because I don´t know all. But now I am beginning to change my opinion, my point of view will be better now..^^

    kisses and more^^

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  4. It is genius, Lea. I fancy I've seen something like this in a local restaurant. Can't be sure though. I used to eat regularly at a Chinese restaurant but more often than not I went for something curried. I love hot and spicy food.

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  5. My kids' favourite is the "Ding Tai Feng" Xiao Long Bao restaurant from Taiwan. I'm sure you have tried it before?

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  6. oh just.. wow! I want to try and eat one right now!! XD haha

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  7. When I first saw the picture, I thought of Jiǎozi. :)
    It always reminds me of turkish Mantı, though we do not put 'soup' into it. (any Turkic people loves them, though without pork of course)
    But I think, I will try to make the classical Mantı like that next time.
    Could it be, that the straw can be used to suck out the fluids?

    Thank you for this hunger-inducing post. ;)

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  8. Very interesting new ways of making food.

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  9. I learn something new most every time I visit your blog. I wonder if they sell these in our local Thai or Chinese restaurants...I'll try to find out.

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  10. ¡excelente plato de comida Lea!!!

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  11. Essa sopa ou bolinha deve ser uma delícia.
    Obrigado pela visita.
    Paz e Luz em seu coração.

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  13. I have never heard of it but dumplings are not my favorite so not sure I would miss ity. Very interesting.

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  14. Hi lea okay?
    You travel a lot and enjoying many delicious foods.
    What is the strangest food that you ate? hahaha
    a big kiss and a hug

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  15. Olá! vim te convidar para participar do sorteio no BN, será somente para seguidores, portanto gostaria muito da sua presença. Um grande abraço!

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  16. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  17. Hello Lea
    The China brings interesting surprises. A rich history and a great civilization. "soup" is an idea that only they conceive!
    Thanks for your kind words! that much appreciated!
    kisses!




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