Quick facts:

  • is a type of Chinese steamed bun which originated from Shanghai
  • literal translation is  “little-basket buns” because  it is traditionally steamed in small bamboo baskets
  • usually steamed or boiled
  • usually filled with pork or minced crabmeat
  • commonly served at dim sum


Apparently there is a proper technique to eating Xiaolongbao.   The filling in these dumplings  also contain a heap of jellylike aspic, which melts into a broth upon steaming—making them a little challenging to eat.



You will want to eat these dumplings the moment they arrive at your table before the sauce inside congeals.



So how do you eat them without burning your mouth and squirting sauce all over yourself.  It’s your lucky day!  Here is a short video tutorial.



Or they have a “How to Eat Xiaolongbao For Dummies” catered specially for tourists I think.  These are supersize Xiaolongbaos.



I’ve never tried Xiaolongbao but this post certainly has me interested and you can be sure I will be on the lookout for it the next time I am at dim sum.

Have you ever tried Xiaolongbao?  Would you enjoy the challenge of eating these dumplings?

20 comments to Xiaolongbao

  • Raquel  says:

    OMG! YES!

    I had a roommate from China and she made these and filled them with red bean paste. I know that prob doesn’t sound appetizing but they were delicious… it reminded me of yams. I totally miss them :( and her, for that matter. For a semester I roomed with her, a friend from Vietnam and a friend from Korea. I was spoiled with amazing food nonstop. It was awesome.

    • Lila  says:

      Raquel, I have had red bean paste dumplings and they are yummy but these are a little different. These have broth inside and most fillings for dumplings are moist but not as juicy as these. How lucky were you to have such a varied group of roomies with good culinary skills! Sounds like they were good friends too. Lucky you. Like attracts like. :)

  • Liz A.  says:

    I have never heard of that. Nice handling of X, by the way. Sounds pretty good.

    • Lila  says:

      Liz, Thanks for dropping by. I had never heard of these dumplings either before writing this post. I was lucky in my topic choice-I know a lot of people probably struggled with the letter X. Headed to your blog now. :)

  • Tarkabarka  says:

    Oh wow, lovely blog! It made me both hungry and desperately wishing to visit all these countries. Thanks for the visit!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Tales of colors
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

    • Lila  says:

      So glad you dropped by. Glad you enjoyed the pictures and these countries are definitely worth visiting especially for the food. Headed to your blog now. :)

  • Corinne  says:

    Hmmm, don’t know if I’ve had this or not, but they look absolutely delicious!

    • Lila  says:

      These buns are not as common an item on dim sum menus but I am going to hunt them down and thankfully Las Vegas has some fantastic Chinese restaurants. I am sure they will be hot, hot, hot and yummy. :)

  • Contented Traveller  says:

    They look fantastic. I had not heard of these before :)

    • Lila  says:

      I had not heard of this until I wrote this post and aim to try them the next time I am at dim sum. They look delicious. :)

  • Nana Prah  says:

    Those look amazing. I would try it. I’d probably make a huge mess, but I’d lick my fingers clean. Most likely, my shirt too.

    • Lila  says:

      I am with you on this one. I would probably make a huge mess and enjoy it immensely. Do you have a Chinatown or good Chinese restaurants by you?

  • Raquel  says:

    Lila, I realized much later that I jumped the gun with the comment 😉 I got wayyy too excited, even though I totally read about the broth it didn’t occur to me til way later… wait a minute! What I ate before didn’t have broth in it! Ahhhhh well. I am extremely enthusiastic about red bean paste, let’s just say that 😉

    • Lila  says:

      I love red bean paste too and usually buy the red bean paste steamed buns for my daughter because she is a semi vegetarian. They are delicious. Have you tried the red bean moon cakes? I think you would enjoy those too. :)

  • Calli  says:

    Sounds delicious, and a movie clip helping people eat them is such a wonderful idea. Sometimes I struggle when trying new foods :)

    • Lila  says:

      Yes I thought the video tutorial would be fun and helpful. We have all struggled with different foods and I think people in general don’t quite mind how you eat it especially if you are able to express your enjoyment for it. :)

  • Pamela Hunnisett  says:

    Oh YUMMY! I’ve had these before – I just didn’t know the name! Thanks for the education!

    • Lila  says:

      You’re most welcome. Glad you’ve tried them-they sound delicious. :)

  • Peter  says:

    They are called soup dumplings in New York. You can find them in quite a few places in New York City. If you do visit, find them at Nan Xiang http://m.yelp.com/biz/nan-xiang-dumpling-house-flushing
    They are made to order and very addictive! Joe’s Shanghai also has them but they use a lot of MSG and they are pre-made so they’re not as fresh.

    As for the red bean filling ones, they’re not dumplings at all. They’re red bean buns. Hope this helps.

  • Kieran  says:

    Hurrah! In the end I got a blog from where
    I know how to genuinely get useful information regarding my study and knowledge.

Leave a reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>