Foodie Friday: ROC versus Din Tai Fung

ROC versus Din Tai Fung: two restaurants specializing in soup dumplings Today's foodie post is on the war of the soup dumplings. Xiao long bao¬†are tiny steamed dumpling filled with soup and (traditionally) pork. They're served hot from their steaming baskets, and are often dipped into a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger slices. Recently, I went to two restaurants that specialize in xiao long bao: ROC and Din Tai Fung. (Mama Lu's Dumplings is also a good contestant, but I … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao: Chinese soup dumplings a.k.a. "exploding meatball dumplings" This is what my brother called them when I first tried the dumplings, and the nickname's stuck in my head. It's true, too. If you pop the whole thing in your mouth, the soup underneath the skin sprays right out and scalds your throat. Over the years, I've acquired the proper skill to eat xiao long bao. You need to hold the dumpling over a spoon, bite a small piece of it, suck out the juice, and then eat. For … [Read more...]