Shanghai Taste, 1121 Nelson Street, Rockville, MD (in the Woodley Gardens Park Shopping Center, right next to I-270, on the east side of the highway, north of Montgomery Avenue/Rt. 28, which is I-270 exit 6), 301-279-0806 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Gold Star Plates | Don Rockwell | Yelp]
Ignore the regular menu, you need to order from the Chinese menu, a translation of which can be found here. Get the Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), which though not as good as those from NYC or California, are still pretty good, probably the best of our region. Those are the dumplings filled with liquid. If need be ask the waitress for further help but stress your bona fide credentials. The fish dishes on the Chinese menu are pretty good. IGNORE THE REGULAR MENU. This place is small and it fills up quite easily, so plan to arrive early. It is nice to have a new and fairly unique real Chinese restaurant in the basic repertoire, recommended.
The woman in the video doesn’t even pronounce xiaolongbao correctly.
The best way to eat one (as asserted by my Shanghai-nese mom) – carefully take one with chopsticks so you don’t break the dough shell. Then bite a little hole near the top. Suck out the soup. Careful, it’s hot! This way, not a drop of soup is wasted.