Tastespotting in Dumpling Days by Grace Lin

Saturday, February 18, 2012

One of my many favorite food scenes in Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012):
"Careful when you eat these," Auntie Jin said. "They're special."

I'd had dumplings lots of times. How special could these be? But as I took a bite, I almost stopped in amazement.

"There's soup in these dumplings!" I said.

All the adults at the table laughed.

"I told you they were special!" Auntie Jin said. "They are called
xiaolongbao. They have soup inside of them. They're good, aren't they?"

I took another bite. The hot soup filled my mouth, and the mixture of soup and meat and dumpling skin seemed to melt into a warm, rich flavor. They
were good. Very, very good. I began to realize why Uncle Flower said Taiwan had the best dumplings in the world.

They were so good that I didn't even notice that I had soup dribbling down my chin. I quickly wiped it away.

"They say if you can eat these dumplings without making a mess, you are a 'real Chinese' person," Uncle Flower said.

4 comments:

Jennie said...

I've been holding off on reading this, because I know when I finish, I will just want to eat ALL THE DUMPLINGS. But we are going out to eat on Monday at a place with awesome dumplings, so I feel safe reading it this weekend.

But, OMG xiaolongbao. Best thing in the universe. Very hard to find in the US. I make a cheater version that's close, but it's not the same.

Tarie said...

The book also makes me want to buy a ticket to Taiwan!

Chachic said...

Aaaand you just made me crave xiaolongbao.

Tarie said...

I have never had any. *shame*

=<

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