Time Out London has managed to hurt the feelings and appetites of the Chinese people by publishing an appalling video in which they wantonly torture poor, defenseless soup dumplings.
In the video promoting a London restaurant, diners are seen viciously poking holes into the delicate skin of the dumplings, letting the delicious steaming soup leak out into the bowl. The video’s horrifying caption adds insult to injury: “Love popping spots AND eating dumplings? Combine the two with exploding soup dumplings at Dumplings Legend”
Watch the video below, viewer discretion is advised:
After watching the video and going to retch in the toilet, some Asian food lovers have provided Time Out London with a bit of helpful feedback on Facebook about the proper way to eat xiaolongbao:
This video is giving me anxiety because you are definitely NOT supposed to squeeze the soup out of them or “explode” them as you crudely put it. my traditional food is not here just for your next cool trend.
You’re not supposed to pop the dumplings *Asians screaming everywhere*
Time Out London This is not how you eat soup dumplings. Popping soup dumplings is the equivalent of smearing jam all over your plate/dining table and eating your toast plain, while taking loads of videos where you look like a complete fool. I wasn’t aware that this site would recommend what is essentially wasting food/playing with your food.
Watching you waste all that soup is akin to someone getting battered fish and chips and peeling the batter off, while remarking, “love peeling dead skin to reveal the smooth new skin within?”
You’re acting like a bunch of 3 year olds playing with your food. This is not “hip” or cool. Just eat it right and stop wasting the best part
White people love to experience other culture in their own way, without knowing what’s good, what’s bad, what’s respectful, what’s disrespectful. Ayyyyy white people the superior race!
What kind of a PR team would think this was a good idea?? You don’t think comparing another culture’s food to popping pimples is embarrassing? Lol “journalism”, am I right?
Other news organizations have joined in the backlash with Asia One penning an open letter to Time Out London: “Dear TimeOut London, xiaolongbaos are not like exploding pimples”; and Gothamist highlighting its instructional video: “The soup from a soup dumpling is not meant for your bowl—it’s meant for your belly!”
In the wake of the massive blowback, Time Out London told the BBC that in fact they do know the proper way of eating xiaolongbao, they just exploded them for the benefit of their audience:
We love nothing more than discovering and celebrating incredible food from around the world. We burst soup dumplings to show people in our video the delicious soup that was inside them, so they could enjoy the visual treat of the broth that is tasted but not seen.
Later on, you see the journalist biting into the unburst dumpling and enjoying the ‘explosion’ on her taste buds.
If that’s true, then the editing of the video would appear to be slightly misleading:
Time Out London has since admitted the error of their ways on their website. “After our recent video on Chinese dumplings, we’ve been politely informed that bursting these lovely little parcels of culinary joy before they reach your lips really isn’t the done thing at all,” the apology post notes before asking for some other tasty culinary recommendations from their readers — which they can presumably then videotape and turn into more nightmares for foodies.
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