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Aug 13, 2007 05:51 PM

Best soup dumpling in the city?

My husband and I are going to do a soup dumpling pub crawl in Chinatown to try to find the best one...what places do you think are #1?

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    1. re: RussianGirl

      I second this. My #1 favorite food item in NYC

      1. re: Jel212

        definitely the soup dumplings at joe's shanghai. the best.

    2. new green bo (definitely didn't like new yeah nearly as much, skins too thick)

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      1. re: jdream

        I got my first soup dumpling at Goody's, which was once a Chinatown institution, but I find that New Green Bo definitely outshines them!

        1. re: JungMann

          The soup dumplings at New Green Bo are fabulous!

      2. Noodletown--28 Bowery.

          1. re: haleyjen

            i LOVE the soup dumplings at shanghai cafe (100 mott). my husband and i sometimes develop cravings for them and hightail it down there...

            1. re: bustapoo

              I just got another recommend for this, too

          2. Can you go into each place and just order soup dumplings? This sounds like a fun activitiy.

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            1. re: Jel212

              Can you describe a soup dumpling for me? Is it a dumpling in broth, or a dumpling by itself? I've eaten tons of Chinese dumplings in the city, but now I'm hearing this term.

              1. re: brendastarlet

                Soup dumplings, called xiao long bao in Chinese, are small steamed buns that are filled with broth and meat. The soup comes from the small pieces of gelatinous or frozen broth that are mixed in with the meat fillings. The pieces melt when steamed, making each dumpling a little purse filled with soup. Yum.


                1. re: Gluttonous Prime

                  Interesting...glad someone asked. I was watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Shanghai this week and he ate one and when he explained it (and I saw it) it's exactly as you described (and nothing like I originally thought).