Credit: Mariana Jordán

Guan tang jiao zi at Qing Xiang Yuan Dumpling

An alternative to the difficult-to-make and notoriously unreliable buns known as xiao long bao, guan tang jiao zi, another version of soup-filled dumplings, are pot-sticker-size bundles of love inside of which the meat filling has been mixed with water, effectually creating stock when the dumpling are boiled. Not every single one is perfect, but at Qing Xiang Yuan Dumpling, in the Richland Mall basement food court, a great majority, each one made to order, literally burst with hot soup. Dangerous, delicious.