Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information.
What is it:
One of the region’s most famous dishes, xiaolongbao (or soup dumplings), can be spotted streetside in towers of steaming bamboo baskets. The thin dumpling wrapper encases minced pork and liquified pork jelly. Dip the dumpling in rice vinegar steeped with ginger, then slurp out the piping hot pork soup carefully before you take a bite
Where to find soup dumplings in Shanghai:
富春 Fu Chun
For a taste of Shanghai-style soup dumplings with thicker dumpling skins and sweet broth, head to this local institution. The second oor serves other Shanghainese dishes in a sit-down setting, but the packed rst oor offers quick counter service dining with steamer baskets constantly rotating out of the open kitchen.
650 Yuyuan Rd, near Zhenning Rd. 愚园路650号近镇宁路. Subway: Line 2/9 – Jiangsu Road. Tel: +86 21 6247 1277. Hours: 6:30am-midnight.
Where to find soup dumplings in Beijing:
第一楼 Di Yi Lou
Dongsi Bei Dajie #276 Subway: Line 5- Zhangzizhong Lu (300m south of exit D). 东四北大街276号 (张自忠路站D出口南行300米). Tel: +86 010 6401 6563.
Or, join us and sample xiaolongbao and much more in all its glory on our Shanghai Street Eats Breakfast tour. We’ll tantalize your tastebuds and show you the best hidden gems Shanghai’s culinary scene has to offer.