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Best soup dumpling in the city?

mandmbklyn Aug 13, 2007 05:51 PM

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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    RussianGirl RE: mandmbklyn Aug 13, 2007 06:06 PM

    joe shanghai on pell street.

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      Jel212 RE: RussianGirl Aug 14, 2007 08:22 AM

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

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        bosox RE: Jel212 Aug 14, 2007 12:23 PM

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

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      jdream RE: mandmbklyn Aug 13, 2007 06:16 PM

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

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        JungMann RE: jdream Aug 14, 2007 06:33 AM

        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!

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          slcorlis RE: JungMann Aug 14, 2007 09:12 AM

          The soup dumplings at New Green Bo are fabulous!

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        abud RE: mandmbklyn Aug 14, 2007 06:35 AM

        Noodletown--28 Bowery.

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          haleyjen RE: mandmbklyn Aug 14, 2007 08:23 AM

          Shanghai Cafe on Mott.

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            bustapoo RE: haleyjen Aug 14, 2007 10:51 AM

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

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              Jel212 RE: bustapoo Aug 23, 2007 02:47 PM

              I just got another recommend for this, too

          2. Jel212 RE: mandmbklyn Aug 23, 2007 02:47 PM

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

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              brendastarlet RE: Jel212 Aug 23, 2007 02:50 PM

              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.

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                Gluttonous Prime RE: brendastarlet Aug 23, 2007 03:03 PM

                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.


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                  masha bousha RE: Gluttonous Prime Aug 24, 2007 04:32 AM

                  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).


            2. michele cindy RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 05:35 AM

              I went for soup dumplings last night to New Green Bo. I' think they are a very close second to Joes. New Green Bo's have more of the crab flavor coming through which I like, but as an overall package Joes has a richer broth. Next time I have the time and the appetite it would be fun to have get an order from each place.

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                windycity RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 11:43 AM

                New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe - tastier and cheaper than Joe's.

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                  anhdeluxe RE: windycity Aug 24, 2007 12:07 PM

                  I must concur. I've never had finer soup dumplings than New Yeah. Thin, almost delicate wrappers, and excellent crab and pork fillings. The plain pork is delcious too.

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                    MIKELOCK34 RE: anhdeluxe Aug 24, 2007 03:48 PM

                    New Yeah for us too. We tried the dumplings at Green Bo and they were tough and rubbery. The soup was just water. No flavor at all.

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                  dave j RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 12:04 PM

                  I used to love the soup dumplings at Joe Shanghai's, but I think the quality has really gone down. I love the soup dumplings at New Green Bo. The broth is more flavorful and has more body.

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                    addROC RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 01:35 PM

                    GOODY'S all the way!!

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                      EJFood RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 01:54 PM

                      expensive and too trendie, but Chinatown Brasserie on lafayette does have a mean soup dumpling...rest of the food was just ok

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                        keith RE: EJFood Aug 24, 2007 02:17 PM

                        Shanghai Cuisine has my favorite in the city

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                        milll RE: mandmbklyn Aug 24, 2007 04:09 PM

                        Shanghai Garden on 14 Elizabeth St. The rest of their food is very good too. Unfortunately they are shut down right now (hopefully it's just for renovations and they'll come back). One of my favorite places to eat!

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