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Where can I find Soup Dumplings?

After watching Anthony Bourdain's show that featured "soup dumplings"...I must have some! Where can I find them in New Jersey?

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    1. Thank you Mark and Tapas/ Those pictures look inviting. Cant wait to eat there. Any places in Bergen County?

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        1. re: fourunder

          I second petite soochow for soup dumplings, the ones at shanghai buns are not worth it. uhh word of advice for parking, the parking lot is small and on a slope so I would suggest street parking.

      1. ok we are going to try this weekend. what else do you recommend ordering at petite soochow along with the soup dumplings?

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        1. I'm a fan of the Xiao Long Bao at Chengdu 23 ... wherever you end up, just know that some places have them on the menu as steamed juicy buns.

          1. If you are ever in South Jersey, go to Hong Kong Fusion in Cherry Hill.

            1. There's a Shanghainese restaurant in Highland Park called Hong Fu that has pretty good soup dumplings/XLB/steamed juicy buns. Here's their menu online in both chinese & english: http://chinesenj.com/Restaurant:HongF...

              Restaurant is at 239 Route 27 with a small parking lot and street-side parking too.

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              1. re: edh1713

                Not unexpectedly, the Chinese and English menus differ. The entire Shanghai Dim Sum (上海点心) section at the top of the Chinese menu is missing from the English menu, for example, amongst other things. :-)

                I would have thought you could buy packages of premade, frozen xiaolongbao (小籠包) from Chinese/Oriental/Asian groceries in NJ which you then steam without too much difficulty? They may not be freshly made but would serve to satisfy one's cravings for them at home at, oh, 2 a.m. one sleepless night, something like that... (Although, yes, I am aware that there are relatively few such groceries within NE NJ)

                1. re: huiray

                  Serious Eats just published fairly simple directions for homemade XLB

                  My question is this, the XLB I've had taste like a noodle, but I've seen photos where the "Bao Bun" looks more like a bun - a little puffy like it has risen a little?

                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    Well, freshly steamed XLB do look a little "puffed up" from the steam/heat and the internal vapor pressure within the bun from the hot "soup"...they sort of "deflate" a little as they cool - usually. Could this be what you are thinking of?

                    1. re: huiray

                      I guess some buns are bigger than others.

                        1. re: equal_Mark

                          You can also get XLB at chinese supermarkets btw.

                          1. re: joonjoon

                            JJ- Would you happen to know if they have them frozen at the Chinese market next to Crown Palace?

                            Crown Palace
                            1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

                            1. re: joonjoon

                              They're available at various Chinese/East Asian groceries in my area (Indy). Various brands, various fillings. Ho-hum grocery item.

                              I wondered about its availability in NJ groceries upstream from this post. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7768...

                2. Just back from Crown Palace. Had two orders of "Shanghai Dumplings"- their version of XLB- filled with crab and pork. Not on the level of say, Shanghai Bun...but much closer to me.

                  Crown Palace
                  8 N Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746