I know we've talked many times about Ed's. But it's time for a reminder and an introduction for those of you not yet initiated!!!!
When the weather turns cold, I find myself heading to Ed's. Their xiao long bao (soup dumplings or "dumpers" as an old friend dubbed them) are the closest thing Chicago has to the real deal. And I'll settle for merely good when it comes to soup dumplings! (New York Chinese establishments like Joe's Shanghai seem to have mastered these felicitous noodle purses years ago. Why the lag in Chicago?)
And the potstickers . . . not at all what one would expect: long and thin like little cigars but . . . oh . . . so tasty. The owner describes the food as "Beijing country-style"--an oxymoron lost on me until later reflection given the fact I was so engrossed with the food in front of me.
Ed's Potsticker House
3139 S. Halsted St. (just South of 31st)