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History of the Soup Dumpling and Where to Nab Them in Dallas

xlb1by Steven Doyle

Few things rock my world as much as xiao long bao. The mighty dumpling power-packed with a meatball, (beef, pork, crab, the usual round up) supplied with a generous amount of broth and pleated into a package of steamed love.

Most agree that the xiao long bao’s story begins in the Shanghai suburb of Nanxiang over nearly 150 years ago. It is believed that Huang Mingxian wanted to create a dumpling that would surprise and delight the guests of his restaurant, Ri Hua Xuan. The elegant pleated dumpling was made by adding aspic – or a jellified meat stock – to pork mince, so that once steamed the aspic would melt, thereby filling the inside of the dumpling with a flavorsome broth. Continue reading

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Monkey King Noodle Company For A Quick Noodle Fix

DSC00171by Steven Doyle

We checked out the Monkey King Noodle Company this week. Twice. The noodles are so soothing and delicious, and the fun part is you can watch them being hand stretched from the comfort of the sidewalk just off the Main Street location in Deep Ellum.

Serving up freshly pulled noodles masterfully prepared by Andrew Chen the Noodle Master is an inviting all day and all night spot that offers up a limited menu of beef or chicken noodle soup, plus a few dumplings such as our favorite xiao long bao (the fabled and revered soup dumpling).    Continue reading

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Battle Of The Dallas Soup Dumpling

xlb1by Steven Doyle

For reasons unknown I go ballistic over soup dumplings about this time of year. There is no xiao long bao season that I am aware of, but perhaps this is typically the hottest time of year and I want to settle in for some lighter bites. Or perhaps I get my fill of the juicy dumpling then wait it out for a year before devouring thousands of them once again. Regardless of the reason, I have been on a self-inflicted soup dumpling tear.

Before we get started, I realize that Dallas is not the Mecca of the little dumpling. I have found better bliss in New York, Canada and of course, China. But this is where we live and I set out to find the very best in our own backyard.    Continue reading

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