XLB

Location -
4090 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Neighborhood - Mississippi / Williams

Categories - Chinese

All hail the soup dumpling! Chinese soup dumplings, called xiao long bao (or “XLB” for short), were lamentably scarce in Portland until XLB appeared in January 2017. Pockets of paper-thin dough surrounding a bite of meat and piping hot broth, XLB are notoriously tricky to make — and eat. (Treat that steaming broth with care!) This laid-back North Williams spot serves up these treasures along with steam buns, stir fries and other authentic Chinese street food.