Food Review- Soup Dumplings STL

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Food Review- Soup Dumplings STL

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Avery Cooper, Staff Writer

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If you’ve ever browsed on YouTube, you’ve probably heard of the Try Guys. In one of their videos, they challenge themselves to eat 400 soup dumplings. While the video was comedic, I was intrigued by this little bite of food. So I searched the internet to see if there was any way I could try these dumplings and found the local restaurant St. Louis Soup Dumplings.

Located at 8110 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, Soup Dumplings STL offers five different fillings with a little spoon of soup inside the dumplings. The restaurant is on the smaller side and has the feel of a cafe-style restaurant. After I sat down, I was served a light broth soup before the meal, which was nice to sip on before and later in between each dumpling. I looked at the large sign they placed on the wall to help guide newcomers. You bite a small hole in the dumpling, pour the soup into the spoon they give you, drink the soup, and then eat the dumpling after. They offer soy sauce, vinegar, and chili paste to dip the dumpling in.

My friend and I ordered chicken, beef, and pork dumplings and each came with 6. They came out hot and fresh, releasing steam when we opened the lid of the steamer. The sign on the wall also cautions that eating the dumplings whole can result in burns due to the fresh steam, so I decided to follow that. The dumplings were delicious, each filling having different seasons and soups. The pork dumplings had the best flavor without being too overwhelming, something you could keep eating without getting bored. The beef dumplings were a little bland on flavor, but nothing I was mad at. Finally, the chicken dumplings had a nice salty flavor I’ve had with other Asian-style chicken soups, but was a little too intense for me.

After I finished, I felt very full but very happy. The combinations of soup, meat, and dumpling dough are perfect for just wanting a quick bite to eat or a whole balanced meal. I would highly recommend someone who has a cold or just needs a wholesome meal to try these dumplings. While there was no music playing and I felt like I had to whisper while in there, the food was amazing. The task of emptying out the soup first may seem tedious to those who like to just shovel food in their mouth, the authentic, delicious taste is something you have to try once.