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Jul 30, 2007 08:13 PM

Soup Dumpling on No Reservations-Shanghai

Hey Gary Soup, did you catch the segment on soup dumplings on No reservations-Shanghai?

They went to NanXiang Steamed Bun Restaurant and Yang's Fried Dumpling stall in Shanghai.

Soup Dumplings galore. Steamd , fried, large, small.

He also got some smelly tofu too, as did Andrew Zimmern in Taiwan. Yeah, I was pretty fricking hungry.

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  1. Man did all the XLB look incredible. The giant one at NanXiang where you suck the soup through a straw, and then apparently don't (?) eat the wrapper, was especially intrguing.

    The 14-day-aged-in-gray-goo stinky tofu on Zimmern's show looked beyond disgusting, although it was funny seeing him face something he couldn't swallow. Easy for me to say because I've never had stinky tofu.

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    1. re: Debbie W

      I was recently in Shanghai and had those large soup dumplings and you defintely eat the whole thing - it is not just soup!

      1. re: Debbie W

        I love stinky tofu. You can buy jars of it in Chinese supermarkets in San Gabriel Vally in SoCal.

      2. Oh, that black-grey stuff looked really un appetizing! But now I want soup dumplings!

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        1. re: MsDiPesto

          "Jellied mop-water"-- his description of the black-grey stuff/chicken-eye bean curd was priceless. An all-timer.

        2. Oh, those dumplings looked soooooo good!!! It had my husband convinced to go to dim sum next time we're in SF, and he doesn't usually LIKE dimsum!! Now I have to research who has the best soup dumplings in the Bay Area....

          1. Damn, I missed that. I'll have to check for a re-run. Somebody ought to tell AB that the NanXiang's Xiaolongbao have gone downhill, and he should have gone to Jia Jia Tang Bao.

            He got it right with Xiao Yang's, though. Was the stinky tofu on the same street as the fried dumplings? There's a cart there where two women make the best fried stinky tofu I know of -- crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside like a campfire marshmallow.

            Xiaolong bao, shengjian bao and stinky tofu.... my three favorite Shanghai bites.

            1. For the record, here's Xiao Yang's Fried Dumpling Stall on Wujiang Lu. Is this the one he went to? Two views of the goodies: right side up, and upended to display the degree of browning on the bottom.

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              1. re: Gary Soup

                I think that is the place. It showed them flipping entire racks of raw dumplings into the oil for frying. It was amazing, snowy white up top and then when you flip it over it is golden brown and gorgeous.

                I love the fired stinky tofu, but I really could have lived without seeing how they made it. I think that was the problem with Zimmern, he saw how they were made and then had to eat it. It was especially bad with the 1000 year old eggs because the egg yolk is also greyish looking.

                1. re: Phaedrus

                  My only criticism of Xiao Yang's shengjian bao are that they cram so many into a pan that they touch sides and come out square-ish rather than round. You can't eat shapeliness, though.

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Yep, that is what they look like on TV. You CAN eat shapeliness though, with your eyes. of course who am I to quibble, I can't get it right now can I?

                  2. re: Phaedrus

                    I'm starting to see a pattern w/ Zimmern. He seems to prefer the stranger foods derived from animals. But then he seems to get hung up on vegetarian products like stinky tofu, durian, and horchata.

                    I'd rather eat durian than rotten, fetid shredded beef in Morocco!

                    1. re: Hapa Dude

                      Yes, there is not a bird foot or insect he doesn't want to eat (although even he couldn't deal with the giant grubs in the Philippines). I have to say, I am going to try some of those insects the next time I am in Mexico.