Nan Xiang's Xiao Long Bao, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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No. 43: Xiao long bao from Nan Xiang

There are about a zillion reasons to take the 7 train out to Flushing and feast yourself into a purple-hazed oblivion, and one particularly good one is the xiao long bao at Nan Xiang. We love xiao long bao--often translated as soup dumplings or juicy pork dumplings--intensely. We love plucking them by their delicate twists and watching them sag and jiggle as we move them from the steamer basket into our spoons. We love filling our spoons with black vinegar floating with freshly grated ginger. And we love taking a small nibble of the dumpling skin, letting silky pork broth co-mingle with that tart vinegar before it bursts forth across our tongue as we slurp. We leave just a bit of the juice to lubricate the inner pork meatball and its doughy casing when we're finally ready to pop it into our mouths, finishing off a truly glorious ritual. Nan Xiang's xiao long bao are superior specimens, and though the restaurant serves many kinds of dumplings, we'd be happy to order about two dozen of these bad boys and just call it a day. Though we might toss in an order of the crab and pork xiao long bao--a variation that adds a whiff of sea to each pig-packed bite--too.

Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes, and drinks. Until then, you can get a taste of our contenders as we count down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes from around the boroughs, a list of laudable eats worth tracking down right now.

No. 100: Taqueria Lower East Side's carnitas
No. 99: Tartine's steamed mussels
No. 98: Malu's Cookie Monster ice cream
No. 97: Coppelia's Havana salad
No. 96: Falansai's clay pot catfish
No. 95: Uncle Boons' Khao Soi Kaa Kai
No. 94: ABC Cocina's salted caramel "impossible" flan
No. 93: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine's peanut noodles
No. 92: Distilled's country-fried duck and waffles
No. 91: Calliope's octopus salad
No. 90: Charlie Bird's diver scallop crudo
No. 89: Silver Moon Bakery's fig and pepper bread
No. 88: Stage Restaurant's egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll
No. 87: Manzanilla's Marbella's Full Moon
No. 86: Bia's Cary Ga
No. 85: La Newyorkina's pineapple jalapeño paleta
No. 84: Empellón Taqueria's skirt steak tacos
No. 83: Sugar Sweet Sunshine's pistachio cupcake
No. 82: El Chivito d'Oro's skirt steak
No. 81: Saro Bistro's satarash
No. 80: Oda House's adjaruli khatchapuri
No. 79: Hill Country Chicken's pie milkshake
No. 78: Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue's chili mac
No. 77: The Musket Room's steak and cheese pie
No. 76: Battery Harris' Baked Patties
No. 75: Legend's Dan Dan Noodles
No. 74: Pure Thai's Nakorn-Patom duck noodles soup
No. 73: Melt Bakery's Morticia
No. 72: Calexico's Baja Fish Taco
No. 71: Sushi Dojo's Omakase
No. 70: Bear's smoked whitefish
No. 69: Locanda Verde's corn ravioli
No. 68: Ghenet's Ghenet Combination
No. 67: Ample Hills Creamery's ice cream
No. 66: Burger & Barrel's Burger
No. 65: Radegast's Munich pretzel
No. 64: Mighty Quinn's Burnt End Baked Beans
No. 63: Cho Dang Gol's spicy galbi jjim
No. 62: Tacos Mexico's chorizo taco
No. 61: Pork Slope's loaded nachos
No. 60: Pine Box Rock Shop's bloody mary
No. 59: Franny's antipasto plate
No. 58: Num Pang's curry red lentil soup
No. 57: Khe-Yo's Jurgielewicz duck salad
No. 56: Dough's doughnut (any doughnut)
No. 55: King Noodle's ma po tofu fries
No. 54: Terri's green power smoothie
No. 53: Estela's beef tartare
No. 52: Pho Grand's pork chop pho
No. 51: Stella 34 Trattoria's chocolate gelato
No. 50: RedFarm's spicy crispy beef
No. 49: Bhojan's daal tadka
No. 48: Pig and Khao's khao soi
No. 47: The Grand's handmade pierogies
No. 46: Dominick's Deli's Dante's Inferno
No. 45: The Queens Kickshaw's deep-fried squash blossoms
No. 44: Black Tree's squash blossom sandwich

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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

38-12 Prince St., Flushing, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Tania Beck
Tania Beck

love dumplings, but they are so hard to find in Germany :-(

Barraud Caterers Limited
Barraud Caterers Limited

We make them with portobello mushroom jus, served in a Chinese spoon, drizzled with a touch of truffle oil & sprinkled with Parmesan. They always get wows & yums at our clients' cocktail parties.

Ill Will
Ill Will

dumplings are the thing man!!!

Pattigurl Sfl
Pattigurl Sfl

I was watching a show on dumplings on the food network and found out they use something called "lye water" in the dough. That is concerning.

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