Xiao Long Bao

Chinese Dim Sum Xiao Long Bao is a delicious bun with tasty soup and soft marinated meat. It is also called Bruce Lee abroad. My son and I love to eat this soupy hand-made Chinese Dim Sum. Sometimes, my son would request to order a set of five for him to enjoy alone! 

In Singapore, this Shanghai snack can be found in Chinese restaurants that sell Dim Sum or hand-made Chinese noodles.
Usually, they are served in a piping hot bamboo steamer. This is why they are called Xiao Long Bao, which means little basket of buns.

If the bamboo cover is still on when the dish arrives at your table, be careful not to scald your hand as lots of steam will rise up when you try to open it - the dish is fresh out of the kitchen steamer.

The buns are usually served with a saucer of shredded ginger dipped in black rice vinegar. I love ginger shreds, so I always attack at them greedily...

Do not rush the whole bao into your mouth as it is very hot and could scald your tongue! It happened to me the first time I ate this dim sum few years back as I didn't expect the hot soup inside :P

Instead, nibble on the edge of the skin and let the soup flow out onto your spoon. Sip it if it is not too hot, add some shredded ginger and enjoy your bao slowly as the filling is also very hot.

If you are not a "hot" eater, you may want to let the basket cool briefly before picking the buns up. However, do not leave them to cool for too long as the skins will turn hard and they will not be as delicious.

As this Dim Sum is made with flour and meat, my son is usually satisfied after taking a basket of five. For us adults, we usually accompany it with a bowl of Chinese hand-made noodles or some other food.

Do try out this Chinese Dim Sum if you have not eaten it before. It is slightly different from other Dim Sum Chinese food due to the tasty soup and soft marinated meat inside the beautifully folded skin :)

To eat Xiao Long Bao, pick it up carefully at the tip with your chopstick, dip it in the sauce and put it onto your soup spoon. Try not to break it up as there are some hot soup and marinated meat (usually minced pork) inside the delicately-folded thin skin.