25 Pell Street #A
New York, NY 10013
Like the first time I had Chicken Kiev, the liquid that rushes out of a soup dumpling still surprises me. I was taking one of my alternative high school teachers out to a "fancy" French restaurant to say thank you. These folks literally saved me from becoming a drop-out. I couldn't recognize a single item on the menu. But then I spotted chicken. I'd thought I made a mistake when slicing into the Ukrainian breaded beast and my plate filled with melted butter. But this is what I always come back to every time I eat soup dumplings. Having tried these at a great many Chinatown restaurants, I long ago settled on Joe's Ginger on Pell Street. They beat the rest hands down. The skin is almost translucent and the broth, oh the broth that spills out onto my porcelain soup spoon! A friendly patron (no doubt another life altering teacher) showed me his technique for eating soup dumpling and no doubt saved me from scorching my mouth from the hidden sizzling broth. He also added the tip of asking for chili paste oil to dab on the top of each one. Like alternative school, these beautiful little morsels busting with flavor give me refuge from whatever might be coming next.