What Is Xiao Long Bao – Why They’re Little Basket Buns Of Course!

Written by Jason Adamson on . Posted in food

If you’ve never had Xiaolongbao before: strike one! Be gone with you, evil swine! Stemming from the outskirts of Shanghai, Xiaolongbao (literally meaning ‘little basket buns’) pack so much flavor  and punch and whatever they squeeze in there that you are always left craving for more. Much like re-runs of Walker, Texas Ranger.

So what are these little buggers like? Think steamed dumplings chock full of juice and mystery meat, usually the ever popular ‘oink oink’ pork or seafood. But for me the catch is in the juice which lies waiting inside these little Shanghainese pork bombs.

Many an unwise man has fallen prey to the juice of the innocent looking Xiaolongbao; scalding hot and the equivalent of having molten lava poured on your tongue and down your throat by Chuck Norris (real ‘bloody hot’).

Word of warning, proceed with extreme caution, and watch your shirt as any encounter with Xiaolongbao usually ends with the good Doctor having to travel to the dry cleaners. The juice always has a way of flying out of the half bitten Xiaolongbao all over my Sunday best.

Karma, I think not, for I pray (not prey) at the Church of Xiaolongbao! You’ve been warned.

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Jason Adamson

Jason Adamson

Jason lives in Osaka Japan and has an infatuation with raw fish, ninjas and sake. Originally from Australia he has a Masters in Communications and a Le Cordon Bleu Masters of Gastronomic Tourism. He also owns a very old Nintendo.
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    Steve Ron

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    My mouth is watering…

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      Jason Adamson

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      You should eat !

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