One day recently I came across a NYC Dumpling Map on the internet. Since then, I had been craving soup dumplings, which I have never had. So I dragged a couple friends to Chinatown this weekend to embark on what would be a dumpling adventure at Noodle Village. We all had soup dumplings in the back of our mind, but we ordered a bit of a variety to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Chicken fried rice (possibly the BEST fried rice I have ever consumed), not-one-not-two-but-THREE orders of Steamed Shanghai Soup Dumplings, Pork Chive Dumplings, and Fresh Ginger Ale were our final picks. Nothing disappointed. Everything was divine.
I also make the case for soup dumplings to be a mindful activity. In the Koru practice of mindfulness, the goal is being present. Mindful eating can qualify as such a practice. My case is based in the fact that soup dumplings require almost a series of steps in order to be fully appreciated. Step one: pick up dumpling with chopsticks or other utensil and place dumpling gracefully on spoon. Step two: take a very small bite from the side of the dumpling and proceed to enjoy the flood of soup that flows from the dumpling. Step three: eat the remainder of the dumpling enjoying every second of it! There, you have done it; you have been mindful while undergoing a foodie experience.
As for what I wore for this dumpling adventure, I pulled inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld in Seinfeld’s episode entitled “The Puffy Shirt.” I actually bought this shirt on the basis that I could channel Jerry every time I wore it. My family, while they are avid Seinfeld fans (we are indeed a Seinfeld family, sorry Friends), questioned my shopping choice a little, but in the end I think they are proud. I also wore it to a Chinese restaurant, if you may recall “The Chinese Restaurant” episode…
Go out and enjoy soup dumplings and Seinfeld. Both are definitely worth the hype.
Blog photos taken by Jessica Taylor Photography. Seinfeld image via Tumblr.