My friend, Yucca (aka She Who Knows Everyone in the World), took a few of us to The Best Dumpling Spot in Shanghai: Jia Jia Tang Bao (Home Soup Dumplings).
Imagine a little packet of yumminess, stuffed with crab or pork or salted egg, nestling in a sipful of hot soup. Welcome to xiao long bao, one of Shanghai's famous dishes. The chefs at Jia Jia Tang Bao deftly make each and every one of your dumplings to order.
The duck-and-chicken blood soup though? I took my no-thank-you bite. And then it was back to my little dumplings.
And just to prove that Yucca Knows Everyone in the World... She brought along two friends who were passing through China on holiday. One of them has worked with my brother, Dave Chen, on a capital campaign for Oregon State University's School of Engineering. It's a small, dumpling-filled world!
Jia Jia Tang Bao
90 Huanghe Lu, by Fengyang Lu