Soup dumplings, or xiao long bao in Chinese, are a dish with a minor cult following. Fans will travel long distances to find dumplings with plentiful soup and delicate skins. The gelatin-rich soup and pork meatball filling is so challenging to make that it warrants a thorough search.
The Source's Scott Drewno used to serve soup dumplings as an occasional special during brunch, and while their weekend dim sum menu is still going strong, soup dumplings have disappeared. To find these juicy delicacies all the time, head to these spots in D.C. and Virginia, as well as a wealth of options in Maryland.
There's solid evidence the squishy snack is a hit in D.C., even more so since this map was first published. Ping Pong Dum Sum had a busy Monday morning, and all of its soup dumplings were sold out by midday. Newcomers like Reren have put the hard-to-find soup dumpling on their menu, with their versions branded as "soup buns." And Shanghai Taste put a new twist on the treat, now offering pan-fried soup dumplings as an option.
—Updated by Tierney PlumbRead More