Chinese Soup Dumplings (xiaolongbao and tang bao) courtesy misoponia
In Atlanta, and many other cities across the states, the popularity of Asian cuisine seems to be growing. In years past, it was essentially relegated to take-out status whereby hurried families grabbed their nearest American-influenced Chinese food (see: Mongolian Beef, General Tso’s Chicken, etc…). Nowadays, we just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. Thanks in part to the education doled out by blogs like Take Thou Food (website), Chow Down Atlanta (web), and Eat, Drink Man (web), foodies from all walks of life can’t seem to get enough of that far off cuisine that drapes Buford Highway.
Though the methods used to both execute and consume Chinese food are as varied as the people themselves, I see many a people anxiously dive into dumpling buckets in a fashion that might not be ideal for the task at hand. This habitual flocking of forks and hands leads me to ask and answer two questions: What are soup dumplings? and How do you eat them?