100 Favorite Dishes: Xiao Long Bao from Lao Wang Noodle House

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Lori Midson

No. 46: Xiao Long Bao from Lao Wang Noodle House

It doesn't matter the time of day, or the day of the week. Every day that Lao Wang Noodle House is open (it's shuttered on Monday) is a day to thank the Shanghai food lords for granting us mere mortals the pleasure of swelling our paunches with xiao long bao, sealed spheres filled with minced pork and tongue-scalding juice that dribbles down your chin. The plump, perfumed narcotics, served ten to a steamer, jiggle and wiggle, but unlike a lot of xiao long bao that seep liquid before they meet your mouth, these resist leakage until you're ready to bite. Puddle your spoon with white vinegar and chile paste, pass the suckers through your lips and pray that heaven delivers these on a sliver platter upon gate entry.

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:

No. 100: Italian wedding soup from the Squeaky Bean
No. 99: American Classic Burger (and fries) from Tarbell's
No. 98: E's clam linguini from Mangiamo Pronto
No. 97: Queso a la plancha taco from the Pinche Tacos wagon
No. 96: Prosciutto-wrapped jalapeño poppers from Tony's Market
No. 95: Fried chicken from the Pinyon
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro

No. 93: Posole from The Porker
No. 92: Breakfast Burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette
No. 91: Hummus from Shish Kabob Grill
No. 90: Albondigas meatballs from Solera
No. 89: Lemon-ricotta doughnuts from Olivéa
No. 88: Döner kabob from Shondiz
No. 87: Roasted cauliflower salad from Euclid Hall
No. 86: Beef cheek enchiladas from El Diablo
No. 85: Fried Brussels sprouts from Panzano
No. 84: Pork osso buco from Osteria Marco
No. 83: Cazuela Colombiana from Cafe Brazil
No. 82: Chicken potpie from Devil's Food
No. 81: Sichuan braised beef noodle soup from Zoe Ma Ma
No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand
No. 79: Pork shank from Argyll
No. 78: Truffo panino from Shangri-La Cafe
No. 77: Pig-snout tacos from Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet
No. 76: Speck and maple ice cream from Pizzeria Basta
No. 75: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor
No. 74: South African black ruff from TAG
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One

No. 72: New England clam chowder from Bittersweet
No. 71: Celery and lime popsicle from Spuntino
No. 70: Curried split pea soup from Modmarket
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale

No. 68: Risotto frutti di mare from Firenze a Tavola
No. 67: Frico caldo from Frasca Food & Wine
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
No. 65: Luther Burger from Crave
No. 64: Chongqing Chicken from East Asia Garden
No. 63: Bouillabaisse from Deluxe
No. 62: Crue fries from D Bar Desserts
No. 61: Chili gobi from Jai Ho
No. 60: New Mexican eggs Benedict from DJ's Berkley Cafe
No. 59: Lamb vindaloo from Cuisine of the Himalayas
No. 58: Gazpacho verde from Zolo Grill
No. 57: Hama Hama oyster from Jax Fish House-Denver
No. 56: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria
No. 55: Samosas from the British Bulldog
No. 54: Mole verde with carnitas from Tarasco's
No. 53: Pork chop from Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
No. 52: Santa Fe skillet from Hits the Spot Diner
No. 51: Pork tenderloin with bread pudding and green split peas from the Wooden Table
No. 50: Noodle jelly salad from Thai Street Food
No. 49: Telluride jalapeno poppers from Encore
No. 48: Carnitas from Araujo's
No. 47: Croque Madame from Pierre Michel Organic French Bakery Cafe

In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up...before Best of Denver® 2012. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at lori.midson@westword.com.


Location Info

Lao Wang Noodle House

945 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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3 comments
jg
jg

Yes this Polygrip person is right and not a twit.  Don't listen to Lori.  The dumplings are bad, not amazing.  I don't want them all the time.  Stay away.  Far away.  It's not my favorite thing to eat in Denver.  Lori, no more talkey!  Too crowded.  

Polygrip
Polygrip

They resist leakage so well because the skins are too thick...a sign that it's on the menu to meet demand rather than to give you an authentic xiao long bao.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Hmmm. I'm not an expert on soup dumplings, but last time I ate at Lao wang, I had no problem poking a hole in mine with a chopstick to let a little steam out before popping it in my mouth. And I had no problem chewing the tender, delicate skins while containing the liquid contents appropriately inside my mouth.

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