Xiao Long Bao for Beginners

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Xiao Long Bao* or “little steamed basket dumplings” are more commonly called soup dumplings on this side of the Pacific. Their popularity has exploded ever since China MaMa opened its doors on South Jones, and took another great leap forward with Beijing Noodle #9‘s debut a couple of years ago. Amazingly, though, some folks have never been tutored in the proper way to enjoy them.

Like our friend Miles.

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Our Usual at BEIJING NOODLE #9

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The food at Beijing Noodle #9 is so delicate, polished, and hyper-delicious, it’s almost scary. Chef de Cuisine Li Yu and his cooks present Chinese food on a level most Americans are unfamiliar with —  taking classics like kung pao chicken, black pepper beef and soup dumplings and elevating them to an almost pristine level of refinement that you will not find outside of a formal Chinese banquet. (For the uninitiated, Chinese banquets represent the ne plus ultra of their cooking arts.)

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