Where Are The Soup Dumplings!?
"Where are the soup dumplings?" is very popular question in our house and while it sounds straight forward, what it really means is, "When are we going to eat some?!"
The last time it was asked the answer was, "In San Francisco, that's where."
We could've flown, but what fun is that when there's so much to be discovered in between? So the day after Christmas we rented a car and took a week-long trip up the coast with a final destination of San Francisco where we'd drop the car off and fly home. Soup dumplings were going to close out 7 days of adventure and we couldn't have been more excited.
The experiences we encountered were memorable, fulfilling and of course delicious, but we were ready for soup dumplings. So we rolled into San Francisco at sunset on Friday night, picked up an Avellino's pizza and checked into our hotel room for some much needed rest, a triple D marathon and some more wine.
The next morning after digging through blogs and articles recapping best soup dumplings in SF, we set our sites on Bund Shanghai in Chinatown. Reviews of the establishment's soup dumplings included phrases such as, "wrappers with integrity", "neat pleats", "not too thick" and "good quality pork". You'll only understand the importance of such phrases if you've experienced a soup dumpling rip right before your eyes. We were excited to say the least.
We scooted into a booth on the north side of the restaurant and immediately noticed the tables were void of chili oil. Interesting. As always, we began with just one order of soup dumplings, which turned into two and then three...
Everything we'd read on the internet was true. The dough was pleated with purpose, thick enough to withstand chopsticks, but not so thick it overpowered the high quality pork filling. The broth was savory and seasoned, needing only a dab of black vinegar. We asked for chili oil, but only used it once every three dumplings and only the realization of the Ferry Building in our near future stopped us from placing a fourth order.
Love soup dumplings? This is one of those times you can believe everything you read on the internet. Bund Shanghai nailed the magic of a soup explosion.