Are the Best Soup Dumplings in Chinatown?
Looks that way. The line at the Gourmet Dumpling House often snakes out the door for what they call “mini-juicy dumplings."
Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings—those steamed, slouchy pouches of dough, filled with savory soup and pork and/or pork and crabmeat—are finally getting their due, popping up in bamboo steamers all over the place. But some of the very best can still be found at the timeless Gourmet Dumpling House in Chinatown, where the service is brusque, the guests are shoehorned into every last available inch of the non-descript dining room, and the line often snakes out the door for what they call “mini-juicy dumplings."
Pro tip: don’t forget to dip your spoon in a little black vinegar sauce before plucking your prize onto the little ladle with chopsticks. The chewy skins are just thick enough to support savory, scalding soup and tender porky filling on the journey from steamer basket to soup spoon. Take a nimble bite to release some heady steam, and slurp your way to umami heaven.
Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111