Snacks

One Dumpling to Rule Them All by Thomas O'Malley

An ode to shengjian bao (生煎包), the greatest, soupiest dumpling of them all. A Shanghai morning staple, they can be had all over the city courtesy of the excellent restaurant chain Yang's Fry (pictured), who's success is a classic rags-to-riches tale for another time. This article was written in enthusiastic tribute at the time a very good little shengjian bao eatery had opened in Beijing, on Gulou West Street. Sadly it didn't last a year. Clearly, northerners prefer jiaozi.

15 Chinese restaurants only the locals know by Thomas O'Malley

This cover feature for The Beijinger uncovered 15  hidden gems in Beijing's restaurant scene by talking to the folks who know best - the city's contingent of Chinese food bloggers and culinary trend-setters.

The cover was created by a chef from the Imperial Mei Wei Zhen restaurant chain, trained in the art of decorative food carving.

Unknown Pleasures: 15 Chinese Restaurants You Never Knew You Had To Try
Unknown Pleasures: 15 Chinese Restaurants You Never Knew You Had To Try