The rise of flavoured soup dumplings

Think xiao long bao and Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao comes to mind. More widely known for the unlimited servings of xiao long baos, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has recently introduced an updated menu for its 25th anniversary this year.

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Steamed Assorted Flavours Xiao Long Bao, $10.80 for 4

What immediately caught our eye was the multi coloured Steamed Assorted Flavours Xiao Long Bao, $10.80. Since we couldn’t decide on the flavour – Salted Egg Yolk, Chilli Crab, Ginseng or Vegetable, the easiest solution was to get them all!

The orange coloured Salted Egg Yolk Xiao Long Bao was flavourful and would delight salted egg lovers. Nonetheless, we felt that a more savoury broth in the Xiao Long Bao would have made the dish complete.

The red coloured Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao was juicy and succulent, and our tastebuds were jolted wide awake by the intense and overwhelming chilli crab flavour. Sinful as it tasted, we craved for more of this crabby goodness.

Biting into the white coloured Vegetable Xiao Long Bao, we could taste the distinct flavour of leeks (韭菜) calming our taste buds, a welcome contrast to the fiery aggressiveness of chilli crab.

Finally, the curious looking green coloured Ginseng Xiao Long Bao may invoke fears of strong herbal aftertaste. However, we were pleasantly delighted at how the unique combination of ginseng and the savoury broth in the Xiao Long Bao gave rise to a soothing and harmonious gastronomic experience. The balance was just right, neither too mild nor overwhelming. This was definitely our favourite.

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Tofu with Century Egg & Pork Floss, $6.80

Having tried this dish at many different restaurants, we assumed it would be another average experience and had no expectations. How wrong we were.

The seasoning was well prepared and the sesame oil provided a deliciously fragrant aroma. Thinly sliced and silky smooth, the tofu melted in our mouths. The addition of pork floss created a unique texture. Finish this dish quick, as the pork floss soaks up the yummy soy sauce, leading to an overwhelming salty taste which overwhelmed our taste buds.

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Red Bean Pastries Pancakes, $5.80

For desserts, we ordered the Red Bean Pancake. The generous filling of red bean paste oozed out and we liked how the pancake was not too oily. It was a great end to a meal. We would definitely head back to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao to try the other items on the new menu!

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Spend a minimum of $30 on a la carte items, and
Enjoy 50% off Salted Egg Yolk Xiao Long Bao

Only at Vivocity
Until 29 January 2016

Outlets & Opening Hours

Jurong Point JP2 #03-96
1130am to 10pm (Monday to Friday)
11am to 10pm (Saturday, Sunday & PH)
(Reservation for weekdays only, exclude eve of PH & PH)

Blk 470, Toa Payoh Lor 6, #01-70
11am to 10pm (Daily)
(No reservation allowed)

Vivocity, #01-52
1130am to 10pm (Monday to Friday)
11am to 10pm (Saturday, Sunday & PH)
(Reservation for weekdays only, exclude eve of PH & PH)

Bugis Junction, B1-04A
11am to 10pm (Daily)
(No reservation allowed)

Great World City, #02-43
11am to 10pm (Daily)
(No reservation allowed)

Holland Avenue 241
11am to 10pm (Daily)

Ngee Ann City, #04-27
1130am to 1030pm (Monday to Friday)
11am to 1030pm (Saturday)
10am to 1030pm (Sunday & PH)
(Reservation for Monday to Thursday only, excluding eve of PH & PH)

This post is written by Kaylene Tan (@kaylene.tan), Discover SG’s brand ambassador. We are looking for more brand ambassadors to grow our brands with. Email us at [email protected] to be our pioneer batch of Discover SG Brand Ambassadors, just like Kaylene!

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