Soup…

For want of a better name, the people behind this dim sum favourite call it…

If I am not wrong, these are usually called xiao long bao (小笼包) but actually, according to this website, these dumplings that the writer calls the crème de la crème among all dim sums, are known by several different names: there are many alternate names in English. The following translations all refer to 小笼包 in Chinese: xiaolongbao, xiao long bao, soup dumplings, xiaolong mantou, XLB, Chinese Soup Dumplings and Shanghai Soup Dumplings.

For the uninitiated, these are pork dumplings that have some gingery soup inside, the favourite of many. Extra caution is required when eating these especially when eaten hot as the soup may be scalding and you may burn your tongue. Other than that, it may squirt out when you bite into the dumpling not too gently or it may flow all over the place. I love dim sum, or yam cha as it is called in some places, but I am not crazy about these xiao long bao as I am not really into things over-gingery so I am not all that fond of the soup.

My missus bought a packet of these…

…from the nearby fruit and vegetable sundry shop in the next lane from our house but she did not take note of the price. She said she bought a lot of things and paid the total for all her purchases at one go.

I don’t know whether they are made at that place here in Sibu or they just import them from somewhere and pack them for sale there but I would say that they are very nice…

…except that true-blue xiao long bao lovers may complain that there is not that much soup inside. I, for one, would not mind it one bit as like what I have said earlier, I am not a fan of the soup.

Well, if you enjoy xiao long bao and you come across these at that shop in my neighbourhood or elsewhere, you should grab a pack to give them a try. I am quite sure you will like them too.

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.