X is for xiaolongbao



Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) at Helen’s Asian Kitchen Tim Johnson | Columbus Alive

A popular item on dim sum menus, xiaolongbao are worth driving all over the city to seek out. To start, head to Helen’s Asian Kitchen for chef Helen Jiao’s xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. For the full dim sum experience—in which servers roll carts with small plates of dumplings, noodles and buns—check out Sunflower Chinese Restaurant, a Dublin institution known for its weekend dim sum offerings. Ty Ginger Asian Bistro serves delicate dim sum every day; its expansive à la carte menu ranges from pork and shrimp dumplings to taro puffs to sticky rice stuffed in lotus leaves. Known for its outstanding Sichuan dishes like dandan noodles and mapo tofu, Hong Kong House recently added a dim sum menu, infusing new life into the venerable Northwest Side restaurant.