Not homemade by me 😛 but made in house at the restaurant 😀 close enough!
My favorite soup dumpling retursant is a small mom-and-pop shop called Shanghai Dumpling House. It’s tucked in the back left corner of the Hilton Plaza behind the Hilton Hotel San Gabriel.
This place is the boooomb!!
You can watch all the dumplings being made right behind the main counter before they’re brought to the kitchen in the back and steamed. Once it comes out, all steamy n juicy, it’s hard to resist noming them until they’ve cooled sufficiently to not burn my mouth (I usually end up burning my mouth on the 1st one, patience is not my forte).
The thing that sets this place’s xiaolongbao apart from everyone else’s is the skin. Here, the skin of the soup dumplings are veeeeery thin and chewy. You can see the soup puddled inside each soup dumpling through the skin, ready to explode with delicious flavor. If you order the spicy ones, you can totes see how much juicy goodness is in each dumpling because the soup is reddened by the chili oil and shows clearly through the thin skin. Thinner skin = less dough to soak up the juice and take away from the flavor = yaaaassss.
They’re noodles and dumplings are on point too. But the soup dumplings omgggggg, do ittttttt
Shanghai Dumpling House – https://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-dumpling-house-san-gabriel-5
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