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Soup Dumplings NYC

27 September 2010 2,195 views 5 Comments

I spent my birthday last week in NYC — picking up coffee at Roasting Plant, going to a $5 community yoga class at Integral Yoga , and then taking the train down to Chinatown for soup dumplings and a massage.

Joe's Shanghai

Joe's Shanghai

When I asked folks on Twitter where to go for soup dumplings, the response was a resounding Joe’s Shanghai (thanks to @jenneraustin and @supertsai). Joe’s Shanghai has locations in Flushing, Queens,  Chinatown, midtown Manhattan, and Tokyo.

Adam first turned me on to soup dumplings and has talked about us making them at home. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to Joe’s.

As soon as I was seated, my waiter came over, brought me hot tea, and asked if I wanted soup dumplings before I had a chance to open the menu. I smiled, said yes, and thought to myself, “Is it that obvious?” He actually said, “Pork dumpling?” I asked him if he had any other kind and he said no so I went ahead and ordered them.

soup dumplings on menu

After he left, the two women seated next to me (we might as well have been at the same table they were so close) showed me where the soup dumplings were on the menu. I don’t know that I would have found them as they were labeled, “Pork Steamed Buns,” which to my mind evokes a different dish.

Dumplings in Bamboo Steam Basket

Dumplings in Bamboo Steam Basket

The soup dumplings quickly arrived at my seatmates table and we introduced ourselves and got to know one another. When mine came, Lisa and Michelle, my dining companions, asked if I wanted to swap out two of my pork dumplings for their crab and pork dumplings. My kind of gals!

I was a bit jealous since I hadn’t known that there were crab and pork dumplings and I found them more flavorful than the plain pork but grateful that I had the chance to taste them.

All of the soup dumplings were served with vinegar/ginger/soy sauce  and came with a plate and soup ladle for enjoying them. As I bit off the top of each dumpling, some soup would overflow as the steam escaped. I poured a bit of the sauce on top, slurped the juice off the spoon, and finally popped the entire dumpling in my mouth to enjoy. They were heavenly.

Soup Dumpling in Action

Soup Dumpling in Action

As soon as I finished, the waiters at Joe’s Shanghai began to set my table for their next guests, brought the check, and it was time to go. It amused me that the check included a 15 percent gratuity — a whopping $0.70 — I happily added another $1 on top of that. I chuckled to myself at the pricing extremes of meals out in New York.

Grand Total (with service charge circled)

Grand Total (with service charge circled)

Next up for the birthday was a Chinatown massage. Check out TT tomorrow for that review.

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  • mom

    Great blog. I want some dumplings now..you made them sound so yummy. I love the pictures also. Sounds like a great way to spend your birthday. Love, Mom

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  • jodibart

    It would have been even better if you were there with me, mom!

  • jodibart

    It would have been even better if you were there with me, mom!

  • jodibart

    It would have been even better if you were there with me, mom!