Xiaolongbao from Old Bailey restaurant at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong. Photo: Nora TamXiaolongbao from Old Bailey restaurant at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam
Xiaolongbao from Old Bailey restaurant at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

The history of xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings: from the outskirts of Shanghai to popular snack loved all over the world

  • Although no one knows for sure who came up with the original dumpling, it’s claimed that it originated in a country town on the outskirts of Shanghai
  • Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung is credited for popularising xiaolongbao globally; ‘obsessive with detail’, its dumplings all weigh 21g before steaming

Topic |   Food and Drinks