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This Soup Dumpling Is So Big, You'll Need A Straw To Slurp It All Up

The secret ingredient? "Love." (And 11 hours of prep time.)

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Jumbo-sized soup dumplings are the latest food to go viral in NYC.

Michelle No

So jiggly!

They're so big that you actually have to (LOL) sip the broth through a straw.

Filled with a seafood- and pork-filled broth, these dumplings are fun to poke, and, obviously, popular with the Instagram crowd.
Michelle No

Filled with a seafood- and pork-filled broth, these dumplings are fun to poke, and, obviously, popular with the Instagram crowd.

The so-called XL XLBs (Extra Large Xiao Long Baos) are sold at Drunken Dumpling in the East Village. They only sell 25 a day and often sell out within 30 minutes.

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Each dumpling takes 8+ hours to make, so the quantity is super limited. Normal New Yorkers with 9am-5pm office jobs should NOT attempt a lunch hour trek.

Last week, I braved the line to see what all the fuss was about. TBH I was pretty skeptical. Sure, the dumpling looks cool, but wouldn't it be impossible to slurp?

Michelle No

As a coffee drinker with burnt tongue PTSD, I was mostly worried about the hotness of the soup. Thankfully, the broth was served at a drinkable, hot-but-not-scalding temperature.

Though the liquid is more delicately seasoned than your standard soup dumpling’s — the broth draws all of its flavor from the seafood, beef, vegetable and chicken, sans MSG — it’s savory and delicious.

“My mom spends a lot of time cooking the broth to make sure the flavor comes from the meat, and that it's healthy," owner Yuan Lee said. “It’s home-flavored and basic, but basic is always the best.”

After sipping the broth, I tore into the XL XLB to scavenge for shrimp and pork ball dumplings.

Michelle No

Then I quickly finished off most of the tender dumpling skin.

And, guys, it was good. Perfectly al dente and soft to the bite.
Michelle No

And, guys, it was good. Perfectly al dente and soft to the bite.

HOT TIP: Make sure to look under your steamer basket for extra broth. You'll want to slurp up every last bit.

For traditional flavors in untraditional swag, I highly recommend the XLB.
Michelle No

For traditional flavors in untraditional swag, I highly recommend the XLB.

If the XL XLBs are gone by the time you get there, there are normal-sized soup dumplings, too.

And honestly, they're worth trying either way.
Michelle No

And honestly, they're worth trying either way.

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