Perfect little morsels.
Made with love and exactitude, xiao long bao – sublime parcels of dough containing a pork morsel and soupy surrounds – are among the most revered items of eastern Chinese cuisine. We searched Auckland for the best local examples and uncovered some gems.
Done right, xiao long bao (Mandarin for small basket dumplings) are sublime treats. Colloquially known as soupy dumplings, the first crucial bite should yield a rich, flavoursome juice that bursts in your mouth. (The basket reference alludes to the bamboo steamer baskets in which the bao are cooked and served.)
And remember that xiao long bao must be eaten as soon as they land on the table – this is one instance when Instagrammers should butt out.
Scroll through the gallery below to find out where to get the best xiao long bao in Auckland:
This article originally appeared on Noted.