Gourmet Dumpling House


My fellow dumpling seekers, Kristen and Andrew

Little XLB beauties

I crave certain foods. Like really crave it. And once I get it in my head, all other meals are meaningless. That’s a very bold statement but I’m known to make an exaggeration here and there. Great storytelling runs in my family and my grandpa did and mother still does add on some mild embellishments every time a story gets told. Anyway, Andrew planted the seed in my head a few weeks ago, and I’ve had buns on the brain ever since. We made plans to grab lunch this past Saturday and he, his girlfriend Kristen, and I were seated at Gourmet Dumpling House a few minutes after we arrived. We promptly ordered the pork XLB and the pork and crab XLB. And then we promptly ordered another round. The three of us ate 32 dumplings and in reality, Andrew and I ate around 13 each.

Under normal circumstances, I would be a complete wild woman and beast all over these buns. Two things stopped me and my embarrassment to eat like a truck driver in front of Andrew and Kristen is not one of them. The first is the temperature. These little suckers are filled with scalding hot liquid. They’re not dubbed soup dumplings for nothing. The second was my extremely ballsy decision to wear all white to lunch.

That being said, it should come as no surprise that there is a proper way to eat this without any spills or injuries. Please refer to the pictorial instructions below so nicely enacted by Andrew:


Andrew wins ‘Best Sport’ award

1. Get your dipping sauce ready – Chinese black vinegar with a nice heap of shredded ginger
2. Carefully pick up your dumpling with your chopsticks, taking care not to pierce the skin.
3. Dip bun in dipping sauce.
4. Nibble the side of the bun and suck the broth inside. If too hot, let the broth pour into your large soup spoon and drink once cooled.
5. Add more ginger and vinegar (optional) and eat the rest of the dumpling.


Won’t see any spilled soup on my plate!
NOM NOM NOM

It was my first time at Gourmet Dumpling House. I tend to shy away from the establishment because of the hefty line that accumulates on weekends. Because it has the recognizable word ‘Dumpling’ in it, I find that many non-Chinese folks gravitate here. The xiao long bao was wonderful here AND they take credit cards. If you’re prepared for wait, definitely check this place out. Otherwise, you can go just around the corner to Taiwan Cafe, which I think has equally delicious xiao long bao and a whole menu of other delicious treats. The only downer is that it’s a true Chinatown joint and is cash only. Long story short, bring your appetite and cash/patience.

Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-6223

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5 Comments on “Gourmet Dumpling House”

  1. Kimmy
    July 17, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    I absolutely love xiao long baos and now I really want to eat some. Unfortunately, you can’t really get them over here…

    • ktfrek
      July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Oh you’re kidding. It’s probably quite a feat, but there is a really great recipe and step by step xiao long bao guide here – http://www.steamykitchen.com/88-xiao-long-bao-shanghai-steamed-soup-dumplings.html. I think I’m going to try to make these in the fall once it cools down a bit in my apartment.

      If you feel like having a go at it, let me know how it goes and take pictures!!!

      • Kimmy
        July 18, 2013 at 10:16 am #

        Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely test it and let you know and by that I mean let my mom try and make it 😉

  2. createthinklive
    July 19, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Reblogged this on createthinklive.

  3. Kimmy
    October 11, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Never got around to making xiao long bao, but my mom just made shengjian mantou. Kind of remind me of dumplings…

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