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How to eat Xiao Long Bao (XLB)?


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How to eat Xiao Long Bao (XLB)?

thnarf | Dec 29, 2008 05:53 PM

Okay... so I was at Din Tai Fung up in Arcadia this past weekend, putting together a video on "how to eat Xiao Long Bao." I followed the instructions on Din Tai Fung's chopstick wrapper.... but nibbled a bit too eagerly on the Xiao Long Bao and experienced a bit of dumpling soup explosion. You can see what I mean in the video here (near the end) :

The directions on the chopstick wrapper are:

1. Pour vinegar in to the small dish with ginger
2. Gently lift a dumpling and dip it in to the ginger vinegar
3. Place it on your spoon
4. Take a nibble on the dumpling skin and sip the juice (this is where disaster struck for me!)
5. Drizzle some vinegar and ginger on the dumpling
6. Enjoy

When I went looking around youtube, I saw some people say that after they put the dumpling on the spoon, they use their chopstick to poke a hole in the skin, and let the soup empty in to the spoon.

So I would ask, how do all of you Xiao Long Bao aficionados eat them?

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