how to eat soup dumplings.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
i admit i didn't know there was a proper way to actually eat soup dumplings, besides taking a bite and letting the soup drip down your chin and sleeves. ed frequently orders the soup dumplings at our local redfarm and i always laugh that it must be the worst first date menu item. thankfully, redfarm owner ed schoenfeld explains the proper way to devour them.
take the cover off the basket and let sit for a minute or so.
after about 60 seconds the dumpling skin will start to get tougher.
to prevent stick, dip your chopstick in the provided vinegar sauce before picking it up. also make sure the dumpling doesn't stick to anything else and try not to break the skin.
grab the dumpling very gently right below the knot. you will be able to clearly see the soup line.
bite off the knot with the soup spoon placed underneath and let the steam escape for a few seconds.
politely slurp the soup from the spoon and enjoy the dumpling. hey, now you know.
photos by gabi porter for food republic.