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Meet the Frozen Chinese BBQ Skewers That are Truly Restaurant Quality

Seattle-based restaurant Xiao Chi Jie (XCJ) first launched frozen versions of its lauded Chinese soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, back in May of 2021. The frozen product proved to be truly restaurant quality, a surprising feat for a dish like soup dumplings.

Now, continuing that same energy of translating restaurant quality dishes into the convenience of frozen foods, XCJ has recently debuted frozen shāo kāo, also known as Chinese BBQ.

Shā0 kāo dates all the way back to China’s Eastern Han Dynasty, around A.D. 25, and is distinguished by the intoxicating fragrance of skewered meat and spice grilled over open flames.

XCJ’s version of CBBQ skewers are available in beef, lamb, or chicken, which are all pre-marinated and flavored with a high-quality blend of spices like cumin, white peppercorn, and Chinese five spice. They are ready-to-cook via your grill, air fryer, or stovetop — shout out to tasty convenience!

“Despite being a massively popular street food staple in China, CBBQ isn’t on a lot of peoples’ radars in the U.S. Even with the rise of Korean BBQ and Japanese Yakitori, CBBQ remains underrepresented — and we hope to change this narrative,” said XCJ co-founder, Jen Liao.

Folks can look forward to the following tasty lineup of CBBQ from XCJ, which can be purchased on their site:

  • Beef (8 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Lamb (8 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Chicken (10 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Variety (2-two packs chicken, 2-two packs beef, and 1-two pack lamb + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
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World-Renowned Dumpling Restaurant Din Tai Fung to Open at Downtown Disney

Din Tai Fung, the world-renowned Taiwanese restaurant chain famous for its soup dumplings, is coming to Downtown Disney to feed the hungry masses in need of some top-tier xiao long bao.

The restaurant is widely revered for the expertly made xiao long bao soup dumplings that it serves up, drawing long lines and consistently busy dining rooms.

Disney made the announcement first on their blog, which also revealed a host of other dining options to be added to the Downtown Disney retail district, though no official opening dates were mentioned.

Speaking of Disney grub, have you tried its new Birria Toasted Cheese Sandwich?

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Seattle’s Xiao Chi Jie Launches Its Famous Dumplings Nationwide

Photo courtesy of Xiao Chi Jie

When you find a spot that nails Chinese Soup Dumplings, sometimes it’s hard to think about anything else until you find some way to get your hands on some?

Seattle-based restaurant Xiao Chi Jie has just launched its first flagship item: frozen Xiao Long Bao (Chinese Soup Dumplings) that are available to be shipped nationwide. 

This marks the first time a restaurant-grade Chinese Soup Dumpling will be available for purchase and shipped to customers anywhere in the US.

Products include Pork Xiao Long Bao, Shrimp & Pork Xiao Long Bao, a bamboo steamer (with instructions), and a plethora of sauces. 

During the pandemic, many restaurants had to discover a way to pivot to stay afloat. Packaging up their famous soup dumplings became Xiao Chi Jie’s answer to bringing in more revenue. 

You can order them at TheXCJ.com

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Can You Guess The 5 Mysterious Flavors In These Xiao Long Bao?

Xiao long bao, better known here in the United States as soup dumplings, are edible pieces of craftsmanship that take years to perfect. Originating from a village in Shanghai called Nanxiang, each xiao long bao provides a savory burst of soup and juicy pork or crab that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for an iconic restaurant to enjoy traditional xiao long bao at, look no further than Koi Palace. Located just outside of San Francisco, this formerly Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant has become a mainstay for locals who regularly return to order authentic Chinese food, including xiao long bao.

While Koi Palace may be revered for its tradition, the restaurant isn’t afraid to spin some modern takes on classics. Their Five Flavor Xiao Long Bao, which preserves Nanxiang tradition whilst adding some visual pop for our Instagram feeds, has become so desired that Koi Palace’s sister restaurants, such as the millennial-populated Dragon Beaux, regularly feature the item as well.

Each dumpling is given the same intricate attention that all of the xiao long bao at Koi Palace receive. However, four of the five dumplings contain natural flavors and colors that are strikingly different from the original, such as spinach juice and kale for the green dumpling. The rest of the unique flavors and colors can be seen in the above video.

While the Five Flavor Xiao Long Bao may seem like a gimmick to those who just glance at a picture of it, they are Michelin-quality delights that deserve the same level of respect as the xiao long bao you can still find in Nanxiang.

Just remember to add black vinegar, ginger, and take the whole thing down in one bite. That’s how you get the true Xiao Long Bao experience, whether it be colored to appeal to social media or not.