One Dish: Xiao Long Bao at Long’s Noodle House

Do you want a Mouthful of Wang’s? Or suck on some Long’s? I was fine with Wang’s — even very pleased with them. But after trying Long’s for the first time, I gotta say they’re a notch better. And that notch counts for a lot.

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It was a solo lunch, and I was on a quest to judge Long’s Noodle House on Main Street near 33rd (right beside Au Petit Cafe) by sampling just one dish — their famous xiao long bao (XLB). They’re listed as “25. Steamed Mini Pork Buns” on their menu.

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Steamed Mini Pork Buns aka Xiao Long Bao ($6.50). They arrived approximately 7 minutes after ordering. OMG three of them are touching!!! [mini freakout]

Just kidding. They look great. Almost translucent skins.

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Their vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger dipping sauce. I like the snappy balance. Predominantly vinegar, then soy, then ginger, then a bit of funk.

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A bit saggy but still plump. The wrapper really sticks to dry chopsticks, so maybe lick your chopsticks or dip them in tea before picking up a dumpling or risk tearing a hole in these fun bags.

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Quite thin and strong wrappers on these! Clear, aromatic, and flavourful soup. Texture of the filling was spot on. Not mushy and not too firm. Just right. The main difference I see between these and Wang’s is that the pinched part at the top isn’t as thick in Long’s xlb. It’s just enough pinched dough to keep it closed, plus a touch more for insurance. The pinched part at Wang’s is a bit too thick.

I sucked the soup out of the first three dumplings (according to mainstream XLB-eating technique), then popped the rest whole into my mouth so I could bite through and experience the gush of warm, tasty soup flooding into my greedy mouth. Yessssss.

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