Ling Long Fang, 10 Jianguo Lu at Zhaozhou Lu
I was in Shanghai for work, but decided to do a bit of exploring for soup dumplings. I came across this place via a local food blogger and decided to try it out. It was quite honestly, incredible. The place is pretty small, with only a handful of tables. The lack of decoration tells you only one thing...that this place is ALL about its food. There is a station in the main room where about five young girls assemble all the dumplings. What makes these soup dumplings better than the rest has to be their skins. They are the perfect balance between thin and strong. They don't break when you pick them up, nor do they overpower the filling. Pay the extra $1 and get the vinegar ginger dipping sauce. Never have I tasted such a light, fruity vinegar: this is really what made the dumplings sing.
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