When I visited San Fran last month, I made it my mission to eat good food that is hard to come by in Minnesota. I knew that I had to track down some xiao long bao (soup dumplings) before I left. We went to Shanghai Dumpling King in the Outer Richmond. It’s out-of-the-way location, tiny, divy interior, and no-frills service all made me very excited. This was going to be some legit Chinese food, yo.
In that first picture, do you see the glistening liquid inside the pouch? That’s soup! Inside a dumpling! Craziness, right? Here’s a little infographic on how to safely eat them. We all split a couple orders of the deliciously porky dumplings (mmm, sticks to your lips!) and a couple of things that weren’t on the menu - sauteeed pea shoots and some ground beef sauce over noodles. Good stuff all around.