Our Chinese restaurant in Queens is renowned for its authentic Shanghainese cuisine. The best selling item on our menu is our xiaolongbao, often referred to as “soup dumplings” in English-language cultures. If you’re new to the delicious world of xiaolongbao, this blog post will help you learn more about this incredible dish. If you want your mouth-watering xiaolongbao by the end of our article, contact You Garden Xiao Long Bao in Bayside to try some xiaolongbao today! We offer dine-in, pick-up, and delivery, and are open until 11 p.m. every night for all your late-night Chinese food needs. 

Definition

Xiaolongbao are broth-filled steam dumplings traditionally prepared and served in a bamboo basket. These rich, savory buns are a signature dish of Shanghainese cuisine, and their cultural impact in China is enormous. Today, you can find xiaolongbao all around the world, thanks to the Chinese global diaspora.

History

Xiaolongbao are believed to have originated in Changzhou, a neighboring city of Shanghai, in the years of the Daoguang Emperor (1820 to 1850). What made xiaolongbao different from other steamed dumplings at the time was their use of aspic, a jellied meat stock, which would melt into a delicious broth when the buns were steamed. Xiaolongbao were an instant hit throughout the Jiangnan region. Patrons even formed queues outside of restaurant doors in order to get their hands on these tasty treats! Xiaolongbao translates to “little basket bun,” a reference to the bamboo baskets in which they are traditionally steamed and served. While today China’s streets are full of dumpling houses, some of the popular restaurants to get xiaolongbao are Din Tai Fung in Taipei and Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant in Shanghai’s Yu Garden area. Now, you can eat delicious xiaolongbao right here in Bayside, thanks to You Garden Xiao Long Bao!

How to Eat Xiaolongbao

While you might be tempted to simply plop your xiaolongbao right in your mouth and enjoy the explosion of flavors, this can easily scald your mouth and lead to broth dripping down your chin. Instead, you will want to follow the traditional way to enjoy these Shanghainese delights. First, use chopstick to dip your xiaolongbao into a sauce made of one part soy sauce to three parts vinegar, if you desire. Next, put your xiaolongbao on a spoon and puncture a hole in its wrapper. This will allow your dumpling to cool much more quickly than it would otherwise and let those delicious juices spill onto your spoon. The last step is to enjoy your food! Allow the xiaolongbao to slide from the spoon into your mouth. The soup will burst in your mouth, giving you an unforgettable culinary experience. Savor every bite, because before you know it your prized dumplings will be gone!

Our Menu Varieties

While xiaolongbao is traditionally made from pork, today soup dumplings come in a variety of different flavors, including vegetarian options. Because Shanghai is a coastal city, seafood is a favorite filling among Shanghainese residents today. At You Garden Xiao Long Bao, our menu features traditional pork xiaolongbao, but we also offer shrimp and crab meat varieties as well. Orders of our xiaolongbao come with six soup dumplings. You can choose to have your xiaolongbao all in one flavor, or we can make you a combo of shrimp, crab, and pork. To see pictures and prices of our delicious xiaolongbao, check out our menu. We also offer an array of other Shanghainese specialties, such as braised pork, eight treasures soup, sauteed eel, and more.

If you’re looking for the best Chinese food in Queens, get in touch with You Garden Xiao Long Bao in Bayside today. We offer dine-in, take-out, and delivery options.