My sister and I made our way to the soup dumpling Mecca, Shanghai Cafe. We ordered pan fried noodles, their boiled dumplings, and of course, their famous soup dumplings. There is something quite special about these dumplings that make people come back for more. These dumplings have a thicker skin than any other soup dumpling I’ve eaten. This prevents from any breakage that might be caused by chopsticks. There’s nothing worse than boiling hot soup splattering all over you. The combination of the dumpling wrap and very flavorful broth had us eating one after the other, regardless of our burnt tongues.
Eating these soup dumplings at Shanghai Cafe reminded me of the first time I learned how to eat one. There are several different ways of eating a soup dumpling, but this is how I was taught. Lift a dumpling out of the bamboo steamer onto your spoon, by grabbing the top of the dumpling with your chopsticks. Next, bite off a little section on the side (some people recommend the top) and drink the soup. Once the soup is all gone, you can proceed to eat as any other dumpling.
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