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100 Favorite Dishes: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro

100 Favorite Dishes: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro
Lori Midson

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 77: Soup dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro

The first time I had the Shanghai-style dumplings at Chopsticks China Bistro, I endured throbbing blisters on the roof of my mouth for a week, which wouldn't have happened, of course, had I actually heeded our server's warning: "Hot! Dangerous! Really hot!" he alerted. And again.

He was right. The sealed xiao long bao, creased and shaped like spheres, harbor minced pork and scalding juices that threaten to scorch anything in their line of spray, including your lips, chin and tongue. But as soon as the threat of smoldering subsides, those orbs of liquid and pig become a dependency, an addiction that necessitates weekly, sometimes daily doses. They're served with slivers of ginger, chile paste and astringent Chinese black vinegar, the sum of which you slide onto your spoon and slurp with utter abandonment.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola

No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar

No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima

No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95

No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté

No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger

No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse

No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House

No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco

No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery

No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta

No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's

No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill

No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House

No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano

No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill

No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe

No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos

No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas

No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen

No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket

No. 78: Fries from Encore


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