24–30dumplings (enough for 4–6)
By Sasha Gill
I have seen many a tourist fall victim to the piping-hot soup inside a xiao long bao. When eating these little dumplings, always cradle them in a soup spoon before biting into them and slurping up the molten stock. Trying to eat them using only chopsticks will almost definitely result in a hot-soup-in-your-lap situation. So cradle, bite, slurp. If the soup is still too hot after you bite into the dumpling, let it leak out into the spoon, where it can cool down ever so slightly.