In line with the revamp, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has recently added new and exciting dishes to its menu. I am trying Crystal Jade’s colourful Xiao Long Bao for the first time and was mightily impressed.
They aren’t the absolute thinnest-skinned of the lot, but the skins are unfailingly delicate and lightly stretchy. While many other xiao long bao I have tried look old and crumbled, Crystal Jade’s version is round, puffy and colourful!
The aromatics like vinegar and ginger are optional.
In fact, the savoury broth is good on its own that you don’t even need aromatics.
Slowly, the dumpling lands in the spoon intact, plump but not sagging, buoyant as a ball gown.
I visited the Toa Payoh Hub outlet which now sports a modern, chinoiserie chic design with black latticed panels and upholstered chairs in soft hues of grey and turquoise.
Then we would be eating frantically as there was a certain time frame we have to complete the meal. Over the years, the brand constantly improves itself and takes pride in providing quality cuisine with good value.
To us, visiting Crystal Jade is always about celebrations. Leading up to Crystal Jade’s 25th anniversary next year, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has unveiled a refreshed interior at Toa Payoh Hub, and an extensively-updated menu that showcases the local brand’s well-loved array of la mian and xiao long bao, as well as traditional meat and seafood specialties from around the Jiangnan region.
It leaves my lips sticky with gelatinous juices when finished.
With a deep breath, I lift a soup dumpling from its basket, hoping it won’t tear.
For me, it’s visiting the Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao outlet in Holland Village with my secondary school friends during this time for the year to celebrate Christmas.We would order a steaming hotpot together with unlimited supply of Xiao Long Baos.