Ever since I was introduced to soup dumplings, I’ve been a sucker for those things. Or–more accurately–a slurper! These heavenly pockets of joy are mystifying, mysterious, and mmmmmmm….delicious.
If you’ve never had them before, soup dumplings (or, Xiao Long Bao) originate from the Jiangnon region of China–they are a staple of Shanghai cuisine. They are pretty much exactly what they sound like, little dumplings filled with a bit of meat, and surrounded by broth. I’ve been entranced since the first time they touched my eager tongue.
Now, it seems, there’s a bigger (and better?) way to consume this most scrumptious of dishes.
A restaurant in the East Village, called Drunken Dumpling, is offering up jumbo sized versions of the traditional soup dumpling! They’re so big that restaurant goers have to drink their contents with a straw! The menu item is called XL Xiao Long Bao, and diners are lining up to try the special treat!
Personally, I haven’t yet had a chance to try these mega-dumplings. But, me oh my, would I like to. The restaurant is owned by the 29-year-old Yuan Lee, and the head chef is none other than his mom! A seasoned chef with experience working at one of the city’s top purveyors of soup dumplings, Joe’s Shanghai.
So, the next time I find myself in the East Village on a chilly day, I know how I’m going to warm my soul.