A Chef's Guide to Shanghai Cuisine

By Christopher St Cavish - 2013-03-29T16:04:46Z

Photograph by Christopher St Cavish 

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Jia Jia Steam Girls

Although xiao long bao are ubiquitous in Shanghai, small venues that make and steam them to order are not. At Jia Jia Tangbao, a crew of young women (said to be chosen for their nimble fingers, essential in handling the delicate dumplings) fill and wrap the dumplings to order and then must brave the steam to retrieve them several minutes later.