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Xiao Long Bao

$5.50 · 43 Reviews

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- Xiao Long Baos, $6.50/10 pcs

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- Zha Jiang Mian, $3.50

chanced upon this stall at chinatown complex food centre and saw a really long queue.. only to find out it’s recommended by Michelin... must be good. indeed it was good!! Xiao long bao ($6.50 for 10 pieces, 2 baskets of 5) was freshly made. The skin was silky and smooth, meat was sweet and juicy. The dish that i like the most was the La Mian with fried bean sauce ($3.50). Pan Fried dumpling/ Guo tie ($6.50 for 10 pieces), there’s chives in it so not my thing haha prefer the xiao long bao. Where to find such high standard food at this pricing? Definitely worth trying, Do check out!

only to find out it’s recommended by Michelin... must be good. indeed it was good!! Xiao long bao ($6.50 for 10 pieces, 2 baskets of 5) was freshly made. The skin was silky and smooth, meat was sweet and juicy. The dish that i like the most was the La Mian with fried bean sauce ($3.50). Pan Fried dumpling/ Guo tie ($6.50 for 10 pieces), there’s chives in it so not my thing haha prefer the xiao long bao. Where to find such high standard food at this pricing? Definitely worth trying, Do check out! #jxeatsrecommend #michelin #michelinbibgourmand #michelinsg

First of all, these are the most affordable dumplings I've seen in a long time ($6.50 for 10 XLBs/guo ties). The long queue attested to the popularity of this humble hawker stall, where the dumplings were freshly made to order, boiled and fried right in front of the customer.

The guo ties were the highlight of our dumpling feast. A generous squirt of juice hit my palate as I bit into the plump, pillowy dumpling. The meat to skin ratio was perfect (I prefer a slightly thicker skin) and the filling itself was a flavorful pork mince with crunchy bits of green onion inside. I loved how the dumpling was piping hot and crispy on the bottom; evidently a lot of skill and care had gone into making each dumpling.

The XLBs were delicious too, not as good as Din Tai Fung's but definitely with the price I cannot complain. The dumpling itself was quite tiny and not the bulging, steaming package I believe XLBs should be. And the skin was definitely a little too thick for my liking. Yet the soup was plentiful and there was a generous amount of pork filling within.

Altogether definitely worth the wait for those amazing, absolutely value-for-money guoties. It certainly beats any restaurant guo ties and I will definitely be hitting this place to satisfy those dumpling cravings in the future.

8/10

Who doesn’t love a good dumpling?
The Chinese couple running this stall makes thousands of delicious XLBs on a daily basis. The dumplings are only $0.60 per piece and have generous fillings of tasty and broth which is on the sweetish side. Add some vinegar and chilli for a better experience.

You could also enjoy their Szechuan style Spicy Wantons ($5 for 10 pieces) and Pan-Fried Dumplings aka Guo Tie ($6 for 10 pieces). The Guo Tie had crisp outer layer and was very meaty, but I wished it was juicier on the inside.
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Think you will only get bursts of soup from xiao long baos? Think again as this stall's wo tie (pan fried dumplings) ($6 for 10) have that same bursts of meat juices spilling out of the skin the moment you bite onto them.

The chilli dumplings ($4.50 for 10) are really good as well, as the skin was silky smooth, the fillings were equally as flavourful, and the chilli vinegar sauce sure packed a punch.

Such high quality dumplings sure brings me back to my holidays in China, and its great to know I can eat them here in my home country.

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Managed to try this before the food centre is closed for 3 months renovations. I waited abt 30min, it’s definitely worth the queue. I love Xiao Long Bao and I think I can finish 20 XLB on my own.😂 The XLB skin is thin yet sturdy enough to hold the fillings in place. The XLB soup is sweet but I expected it to have more soup. It’s still pretty gd but Ding Tai Fung wins hand down. Selling at $6 for 10pcs, it’s a steal! The paper-thin crust of the pan-fried dumplings 锅贴 gave a really nice crisp. Each dumpling is filled with a generous amount of meat fillings. For a healthier version, you can order the 水饺, they have the same “feelings”. 😂 The Zha Jiang Mian was not bad, just a little bit soft, could be better if the noodles are more Q.

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I know many people came here for their Xiao Long Bao but trust me, their wantons actually good also.

It was not so spicy and you can taste a very strong garlic in the wantons.

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This may be a bit much for 2 pax I’ve learnt my lesson 😅 but really love everything. First time trying the beef noodles and no regrets ☺️☺️☺️
The soup was very flavourful and was a great complement to the spicy ness of the 红油抄手
Personal preference: Hong you Chao Shou (the 2 plates drenched in red sauce)> Xiao Long Bao(which I didn’t order this time)
plus: each plate of Hong you Chao Shou is only $4.50!!

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At most average and definitely not worth the hype. Supposed to be “soup dumplings”, the ones I had here didn’t have that burst of tasty broth upon biting into. But fortunately, the meat inside was still quite succulent.