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Tastespotting in Dumpling Days by Grace Lin


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.

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  1. 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.

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

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  3. Aaaand you just made me crave xiaolongbao.

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  4. I have never had any. *shame*

    =<

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