How to Make Perfect Soup Dumplings – Eat China (S3E1)


Soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, are delicate little dumplings filled to brim with piping hot pork broth. But how does the soup get in there, and what’s the secret to getting those perfect folds? We went to Nanxiang, Shanghai’s most famous xiaolongbao restaurant, to learn how they make soup dumplings. This is the first episode of our 10-part series about different types of bao in China. In the next episode, we’ll head to Jiangsu to learn about a giant soup dumpling called tangbao. Stay tuned. 0:00 What is a soup dumpling? 0:47 Where does it come from? 2:18 How is it made? 5:40 Why you have to eat it hot 6:04 How to eat a soup dumpling If you liked this video, we have more stories about Chinese food, including: Chinese Noodles as Thin as a Thread We Made Chinese Pork Buns in the Birthplace of Bao Follow us on Instagram for behind-the-scenes moments: Stay updated on Twitter: Join the conversation on Facebook: Have story ideas? Send them to us at [email protected] Producer: Clarissa Wei Videographer: Shirley Xu Editor: Joel Roche Narration: Tiffany Ip Animation: Frank Lam Mastering: Victor Peña Music: Audio Network #streetfood #chinesefood #soupdumplings.





  1. Great video! Shanghainese people also call these Xiao Long Man Tou instead of Xiao Long Bao, because in Shanghai and also most of Southern China, Man Tou refers to a bun with filling inside and Bao is a bun without filling, whereas in Northern China it's vice versa. This is why it's called Xiao Long Man Tou in Shanghainese.

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