One of the most joyous things to do in New York City is to eat soup dumplings in Chinatown. As far as I know, there are two places that are famed for these tiny delights: Goodie’s and Joe’s Shanghai. Both are pretty darn yummy — Goodie’s was near empty the two times we went, but at Joe’s Shanghai, you’re guaranteed to have to wait. Luckily, if you’re a party of 2 (usually my bf and me), it never takes long before the Chinese hostess/banshee woman yells out the magic number (ie, “NUMBAH SISSTY FOH!!!).

So there’s apparently a sanctified way to eat these little suckers, and Goodie’s actually has a laminated “how to” diagram as your place setting. But everyone finds their own soup dumpling flair, much like everyone has their own way of taking their bowl of pho or cup of coffee. Here are the basics. First, you make a little incision in the dumpling with your front teeth, making sure that wherever you make your nibble, the soup doesn’t dribble out to waste…

Once the incision’s made, you can either raise the dumpling to your mouth and suck the juicy juices out like a vampire, or you can pour the soup out into your spoon for your slurping pleasure!

YUM! and that’s all i have to say about that…

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I love that place, everytime Grace and I go to NYC we eat there. We’ll let you know next time we end up there.


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