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May 31, 2012 2:35 pm 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012 10:52 am
Xiaolongbao, or steamed soup dumplings, were probably my favorite Chinese dish that I tried on my recent trip to Hong Kong and Guangdong Province. They were very light, yet so flavorful, especially when combined with ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar, as is recommended by the restaurant where I tried them, Din Tai Fung. I was with a large group, so we were able to try all 5 of the varieties that they make, but the crab roe and pork filled ones were my favorite, since the crab roe added a salty crunch that was complemented perfectly by the soy sauce. The only downside to them is that they were not very filling, but that could also be seen as a plus, since it allowed me to try all of the varieties! 
The dumplings are made by adding a cube of gelatinous broth along with the traditional dumpling filling, and then steaming the well-sealed dumpling. Traditionally this is done in a bamboo basket, leading to a beautiful presentation. The steam liquifies the broth, creating a burst of soup when the dumpling is first pierced. It required quite a bit of coordination to avoid piercing the dumpling until it was safely on the spoon, so I'm glad that I didn't try these until almost the end of my trip, by which time I had plenty of practice with my chopstick skills. I'm really not sure how widely available this type of dumpling is in the U.S., but I will certainly be on the lookout for it now! 
xiaolongbao (Shanghainese Soup Dumplings)
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May 31, 2012 3:00 pm
Those look great! My husband travels to the Guandong province several times a year...I'm hoping I can go too someday.
May 31, 2012 5:13 pm
Sounds Good To Me, I Made Pork Fried Rice Tonight. I love many oriental foods (Nothing raw however).
Jun. 2, 2012 6:26 pm
They look and sound delicious!
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