Shanghai Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao (小笼包)
During my trip to Shanghai 2 weeks ago, I checked out several street food vendors but was surprised at how difficult it was to find a Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) vendor. While there are chains such as Ding Tai Fung all over Shanghai (and also now in Los Angeles), I really wanted to check out the local, more humble, fresh out-of-a-street-cart version. I eventually found a shop in the Bund region near the Westin Hotel, and after 5 days I broke down and had some in Lao Shanghai (Old Shanghai) in the touristy shop where they sell 20 for 20 RMB.
This place by the way is basically a factory and they easily crank out dumplings by the thousands per day. They were good so I couldn’t complain. Finally, however I was successful at finding a Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) street vendor who sold his dumplings out of a cart on the back of a bicycle cart! (It’s near the fabric market) Awesome find!