The art of making the perfect xiao long bao, or soup dumpling, is something the Taiwanese take very, very seriously. Maybe that’s why so many food experts say that the best dumplings in the world can be found in Taipei at the classic restaurant Din Tai Fung. The experts at this iconic Taipei dumpling house have been making finely conceived dumplings for decades, their genius expressed in every fold of the delicate delights. There is, of course, a proper way to eat these doughy pillows of goodness, so be sure not to make rookie mistakes.
First, combine some soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar in a small bowl, then using your chopsticks, dunk the xiao long bao in the mix. Place the dumpling on a small spoon, and poke a hole to release the soup. This way you don’t get burned when you take your first bite. Then slowly eat the dumpling, slurping up the broth afterwards. No matter what you choose to eat or how you choose to eat it, a stop at Din Tai Fung is a must for every foodie visitor to Taiwan’s capital.