120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-10 Alexandra Village Food Centre
Singapore 150120

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08:30am - 03:00pm

08:30am - 03:00pm

08:30am - 03:00pm

08:30am - 03:00pm



08:30am - 03:00pm

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My dining companion actually commented that they used to had more mushrooms and dried shrimps in their filling. Similar to @ieatishootipost's review though, their skin is indeed not sticky or gooey, but thick and chewy. It goes really well with their sambal chili. No ratings as I'm not entirely sure what makes a good crystal dumpling/shui jing pau.

I remember, as a kid, it thrilled me whenever my parents mentioned that we were going to Tiong Bahru market to eat. As we travelled there, I would be bouncing in the back seat of their car and couldn’t wait to jump out and rush over to the popular #水晶包 (“jwee jia bao” in Teochew) stall to order the crystal skin dumplings (yes, #ihavebeengreedysinceforever).

But as with all things in life, when time passes, certain things slip out of sight and thus, out of mind.

Recently however, over lunch with a friend, we got around to talking about our favourite hawker food and this particular dumpling stall was mentioned. I was so happy when he told me exactly where the stall is located now.

Earlier this morning, my parents and I decided to drive over to check it out. Fortunately for us, the hawkers didn’t take the day off despite it being a public holiday.

“Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Bing“, unit #01-10 of Alexandra Food Centre, is operated by the two younger sons of the original hawker. Their eldest brother had taken over their dad’s stall previously and ran it for 10 years before deciding he would rather be a taxi driver. I could tell this second generation has kept to the traditional recipe as their dumplings retain the taste I have filed away in my memory.

Everything here is made by hand and steamed fresh on the spot. The thin gelatinous skin has a distinctive kind of sticky chewiness that I adore. To prevent it from easily tearing, oil is applied to the dumplings immediately after they are steamed. Doing this also gives them a lovely slippery mouthfeel. For the savoury version which contains a tasty turnip filling and is served with a saltish sambal, the skin is a few microns thicker than the one used to wrap the sweet fillings (they have two kinds: red bean paste and yam paste).

I was told by the brothers, to avoid disappointment, you can call them to pre-order at 6274 5561 (at least 2 hours in advance is best). While a turnip dumpling costs 80 cents, the sweet ones go for 90 cents apiece. Do note there is a minimum order of 4.


It’s chewy and so good ❤️ wanted to try the red bean dumpling but it was only available in the afternoon 😌

The five savoury ones are filled with vegetables, and the dark one is sweet red bean. The skin is thicker than I remember. For me, I’m not fussy. These are not bad but Jolie still prefers the meat-filled ones in Taipei. .
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