9 Pell Street
New York, NY 10013
I recently had some house guests down from NYC and I took them out to one of my favorite spots, Dim Sum Garden, for soup dumplings. He told me that Joe's Shaghai was his favorite, and raved about the thinness of the dumpling skin. I had to give it a try.
Like every good spot in Chinatown, Joe's was nothing fancy inside.
I couldn't decide what to get, so I went with pickled cabbage, cold sesame noodles, pork soup buns, and crab soup buns.
The sesame noodles were exactly as you would expect. Nutty, slightly spicy, and had a great chew to them.
The pickled cabbage was perfect for the warm weather. Cool, tart, and crunchy, it was a surprising underdog.
The pork juicy buns were bursting with meat, salty broth, and the skins were as thin as I had been told. They survived a bike trip over the Brooklyn bridge intact, and I was indulging in far more than a fair share of dumplings.
The meatballs were incredibly tender, and the juice just right. However, I would have to say while the edge in wrapper goes to Joe's, the winner on flavor is my hometown Dim Sum Garden. I may be wrong this time, but it's never happened yet.