Here's a picture of part of our dinner tonight. These are xiǎolóngbāo, a type of dumpling popular in eastern China (especially Shanghai.) They each contain a bit of meat and soup broth. To eat them, scoop one up with chopsticks, dip it in vinegar, hold it over a soup spoon, bite a small piece off of the dumpling skin (to release some of the steam), and suck out some of the broth before popping the rest into your mouth. It's hard to describe how delicious they are, expect to say that I have started getting regular cravings for them (on par with chocolate, even.)
This pictures shows a double order (6 dumplings per order) served in the bamboo basket that they are steamed in. This was at a restaurant a short walk south of campus. We also got some great veggie dishes to go with these.