• A steamer basket full of fresh, tender crab and pork xiao long bao. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova.

    ISSUE 13: SHANGHAI

    JIA JIA TANG BAO

    Without a doubt, Shanghai’s most iconic noshes are the petite little dough “purses” packed with savory meatballs and silky broth known as xiao long bao, aka “soup dumplings.” Though there are many contenders for the xiao long bao crown, this humble but beloved spot still turns out the best in town. Our advice? Grab a place in line at Jia Jia Tang Bao and order extra of the addictive crab and pork version.