On a recent trip to Shanghai we had our very first taste of real dumplings. We spoke very little intelligible Mandarin but somehow the sweet ladies knew just what we wanted.
While we waited for them to be freshly steamed, a sauce was created from vinegar, garlic, chili, and soy sauce. My mouth is watering, is yours? Then they arrived…
Deliciousness in a bamboo steamer.
They also gave us hot water which we were told was for drinking, not for finger washing.
Oh, and something else is drank with dumplings. We decided to inculturate.
Lip smacking good.