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My must-order at Alexandra Village Food Centre is definitely ShangHai La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s Guo Tie 锅贴 ($6/10 pieces). Plump dumplings that never disappoint, they are packed with a delicious amount of meaty broth just like what you would find in a xiao long bao.

Served pipping hot, the soft meat parcels are usually prepared upon order. All snugly wrapped up, each morsel was a burst of savoury goodness though it tends towards the sweet side. A balanced skin-to-filling ratio, it’s skin also had just the right thickness and texture - while not super thin, it was not too chewy. But of course, the most addictive part is the beautiful paper-thin and crisp bottom. Love the slight charred flavour from the browned base!