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— by Micheline Maynard: In May, fans of Chinese soup dumplings literally wept to hear that Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao had closed.
The unassuming Flushing, Queens restaurant was a destination for adventurous diners.
They would wait in line to nab its Shanghai-style xiao long bao, better known as soup dumplings because of the warm liquid that accompanies the filling, usually made from pork and crab.
At the time, it seemed like rising rents and a shortage of workers were to blame, factors that have led to the closing of other small food businesses.
But, that apparently was a ruse…
Image: Nan Xiang specializes in soup dumplings, a popular dish for Chinese New Year’s. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg© 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP
July 11, 2019