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[Back of the Queue]: Blocking The Sidewalk At Meixin Dianxin
By | Photos Yiqing Zheng Dec 25, 2018 Dining
Meixin Dianxin really messes up my morning hustle to the office. The line usually snakes out the door into the sidewalk, obstructing traffic, from the moment it opens. Why? I needed to know what the attraction was, so I marched in there the other day for an explanation (some food).

The wait: Only 15 minutes, surprisingly

The order: Wontons in soup (馄炖), sweet tangyuan dumplings (汤圆)

The vibe: Low-key hostile. Seats are at a premium and getting a spot requires a game of musical chairs; no food until you're seated. The retina-piercing white lights and the high noise level don't make for a very pleasant environment if, say, you're nursing a hangover. Fortunately, the food arrives as soon as you nab a seat.

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Worth it? Just about. The wontons are thick-skinned, plump and flavorsome, and the tangyuan, filled with sweetened black sesame, bob around in a sugary broth. Meixin has had plenty of time to refine their recipe over the past 93 years (established 1925). I struggle to pinpoint exactly why these wontons are good enough to ruin my commute every morning, but they sure do warm your insides when you've spent half your lunchtime standing outdoors in December.

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Meixin Dianxin, 103 Shaanxi Bei Lu. Open 7am-7pm, except 10am-10.30am and 1.45pm-2.15pm.

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