Imagine scalding the roof of your mouth with steaming food or burning the inside of your throat with a hot drink.
People who eat xiao long bao, or Chinese soup dumplings, face both dangers simultaneously. That's why the organizers of 626 Night Market put together this helpful little video to guide first-time XLB eaters on the proper way to down the dumplings. 626, of course, refers to the area code for San Gabriel Valley, a cluster of cities and neighborhoods in north LA County that have a burgeoning Asian-American community.
BEFORE YOU GO
Photos by Dylan Ho.