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Xiaolongbao 小笼包 in Chinese, are a Chinese delicacy that typically associated with Shanghai and Wuxi. They’re cute, little steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables and are dipped in soy sauce before consumption. The heat from the steam generates the “soup” from the fillings.

When I was younger, I didn’t like eating Xiaolongbaos because the soup filling always got the best of me. I always went home with cat’s tongue. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve perfected the art of eating these steamed devils. This post is for you, brothers and sisters who want to enjoy the deliciousness that is Xiaolongbao without receiving cat’s tongue. The steps are quite simple, actually:

  1. Pick the dumpling up with your chopsticks, preferably from the tip where the dough spirals towards the top, like soft-serve ice cream.
  2. Dip it in soy sauce.
  3. Place it onto a spoon, preferably one made for drinking soup.
  4. Bite a small piece of the dough off so you can let the soup spill.
  5. Suck and drink the soup.
  6. Consume dumpling.

And there you have it! Now enjoy some Xiaolongbaos for me, wherever you are!