Crab soup dumplings
Soup dumplings are steamed and, when done well,
they contain a bit of liquid within them.
301 W Valley Blvd #109
San Gabriel, CA
J&J is a small operation; no more than six tables
and it doesn't serve banquet dishes, but it does
well on the small Shanghainese staples. Everytime
I'm there, every table has the crab soup dumplings.
Open secret I guess.
they are pork dumplings with bits of crab "powder" (hsieh is crab, fen is a powder, starch etc) mixed and a bit of gelatinized stock sealed in the dumpling filling. As the dumpling steams, the soup liquifies so when it comes to the table in a steamer (no soup), be very careful not to pierce the skin with the chopsticks. In fact, it's ok to use the soupspoon and chopsticks together to dislodge the dumpling from the leaf upon which it's been steaming. Also, wait a little time from the moment it arrives, the soup filling can be scaldingly hot.