How to get the damn thing onto your spoon
XLB have a thinner skin than an adolescent with new braces, so the objective here is to get the dumpling from the bamboo steamer onto your spoon without rupturing it.
"Place your Chinese soup spoon close to the dumpling," advises Young. "Grab the dumpling close to the knot with your chopsticks and gently lift it from the steamer."
What if your chopsticks skills aren't so flash? "You can't use a fork, obviously," says Zhang. "But you could ask the restaurant for a small pair of tongs or use your hands, as long as you wash them first." If the dumpling sticks to the bottom of the steamer, peel it off slowly; tugging is sure to result in a rip.
How to eat it without burning your mouth
"Resist the temptation to stuff it into your mouth immediately or things may get scalding hot and messy," warns Dunlop.
Zhang agrees. "Remember that it's basically a pouch of superheated stock. You need to let the steam out and let it cool for a few seconds."
There are two ways to do that, according to Drunken Dumpling's Lee. "In a fine-dining restaurant, they will give you a bigger spoon so you can take a smaller bite along the side." That way the broth drains into the spoon and you can sip it daintily. "At a restaurant like mine where you have smaller spoons, you nip off the top of the dumpling." Give it a few moment to cool and suck the juice directly out of the skin. Once the dangerous part is over, you can devour the rest of the dumpling without fear.