Authentic Chinese Food in New Orleans - Dian Xin
Updated: Mar 10
Authentic Chinese fare in New Orleans isn't what I was expecting, but here we are. I have had similar meals in NYC but when Chas said he found a Bao spot that was the real deal in Louisiana, I was honestly a bit skeptical. I was wrong. I'll eat that crow...and just about anything on this menu.
The Interior is small but nice. There is a cool little Koi style pond inside with running water and lights. There are large images of some of their more popular dishes on the walls. Basically just a single open space filled with tables and servers running around to take orders and deliver hot food. It was quite busy here, we were about to find out why.
We ordered the Pan Fried Dumplings, Xiao Long Bao, Crabmeat and Crawfish Bao, and the Chicken Jian Bing. Definitely will be back to try out some more of the bao and Jian Bing selections as well as some of the Char Siu. It was hard to order here because everything sounded excellent.
The pan fried dumplings had a nice hard crust on one side and a doughy exterior to the other side. Exactly what you look for in an authentic fried dumpling. The pork filling was excellent...rich and savory and was such a nice bite.
The Crabmeat and Crawfish Bao was clearly one of their offerings honoring the area while still staying true to their own history. This was a very good dumpling and had I not tasted anything else here, it would have been good enough for me to come back again. With that said, it was my least favorite item we ordered.
The Xiao Long Bao was incredible. This flavor rivaled the ones I've gotten in NYC and were for sure a true testament to Shanghainese cuisine. The broth inside was extremely flavorful and the meat was so tender and moist. I could have eaten 3 orders of these myself, and I may someday. Don't judge me.
The Jian Bing was exactly what I hoped it would be. Basically similar to a very thin omelet or a crepe, this was stuffed with chicken and Chinese vegetables and it was fantastic. We had a plan to Shanghai that got cancelled (thanks Covid) but I watched so many videos of people grabbing these from street food vendors and I had such a longing to try it. To say I was happy is an extreme understatement. I'd order this again many many more times.
All at affordable prices, this can't be stated enough...Dian Xin in New Orleans, Louisiana - Didn't Suck!
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