Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The real reason to trek out to Flushing - Soup Dumplings

If you know me, you may know that I am fairly obsessed with soup dumplings. Soup dumplings are not dumplings in soup. No, no. Soup dumplings are dumplings with soup INSIDE OF THEM. How crazy is that? Crazy and delicious. I will go pretty much anywhere for soup dumplings, so when I read this article titled "The City's Best Soup Dumplings," well by god, I had to go there. And Zack and his friend Sam came with me. Here's the place. It doesn't look that special from the outside -

But there was a thirty or so minute wait. The place was packed with tons of Chinese people (and that one annoying white lady you see in the picture. I swear, she was the only other white lady in the joint. And she couldn't shut up about the Upper West Side and how she wished that this restaurant was there instead).

We started off with some cold cucumber and garlic.

It was nice and crispy and crunchy. I love garlic, so I was a happy camper. Then we got some Shanghai Shumai.

They were alright - dumplings filled with rice, essentially. Nothing that special (Sam picked them. We humored him for his one choice).

Then the soup dumplings. Oh glorious soup dumplings.

To eat a soup dumpling, you must pick one up in your spoon, and then nibble a little hole in the wrapper.

The soup will spill out into the spoon and you can slurp it up. You can't just bite into it. You will hurt yourself.

Zack really likes his dumplings.

And then the best part (actually not the best part. The best part is eating the soup dumplings) - here's the bill.

Yeah, that's for three full orders of soup dumplings, plus the other stuff. I love cheap eats. And soup dumplings. And when the two come together in harmony. Sigh.

Oh! I almost forgot to weigh in on whether they were the best soup dumplings or not. I'm not sure if they were the best. But they were super delicious. And I like going to Flushing. So, if you want to go and eat some soup dumplings, I would say, yes! Go here.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince Street, Flushing NY 11354


Kate said...

i figure you can't go too wrong with a place that has 'xiao long bao' in the name....that'd be like peking duck house not specializing in peking duck.
...but in any case, you have that bamboo steamer....go make your own and tell us all about it!! we'll send you the recipe we used if you want...though we've been thinking of finding a different one anyhow. :-P

Meredith said...

Yum yum. I haven't had soup dumplings in a very long time. I'd like to have some. Make it happen...

Haha! Maybe in a few weeks when you haven't had them in a while.