Great to have Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao back at Ngee Ann City, which is a constant favourite for family meals. This is especially when we need to satisfy Xiao Long Bao cravings in the heart of town.
The casual all-day dining restaurant has opened at basement 2, right next to Takashimaya Square -where events are always held.
This NEW outlet takes on modern contemporary look, and I personally liked the neutral earthy and sky blue tones used for the interior.
In terms of food choices, the restaurant continues to specialize in Northern Chinese specialties – as its name suggest La Mian and Xiao Long Bao dumplings; along with meat and seafood dishes from around the Jiangnan region.
Here are some of the food highlights from Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao:
Hainanese Chicken Xiao Long Bao ($6.80)
I remember having this 2 years ago as part of the SG50 special. This was when Crystal Jade incorporated the Singapore signature dish of Hainanese Chicken Rice into their famed Chinese dumplings.
To complete the experience, I would recommend dipping the dumpling into the specially made ginger paste, then let the entire piece burst in your mouth.
Using fillings of minced chicken thigh and pork, the flavour stock within had this faint tinge of resemblance with the popular local dish.
If only there was some of that signature chicken rice chilli as well.
Steamed Assorted Flavours Xiao Long Bao ($9.30)
For those who would fancy a bit of everything. This basket contained the Original, Salted Egg Yolk, Chilli Crab and Mushroom flavours – all in one.
Of all, I liked the Chilli Crab most.
The sweet, delicately spicy broth could remind you of chilli crab gravy only in a subtle way as it was not overly heavy or spicy, matched with generous fillings of crab meat sitting within thin, skill-fully pleated skin.
Please eat while they are hot.
La Mian with Scallion Oil ($8.30)
Hands down my favourite La Mian dish among those I tried. Actually, our entire table all enjoyed this dish, and it could be a ‘staple’ to have again and again.
The ingredients are simple, the noodle dishes don’t look fanciful, but the magic happens when you toss the thin and springy hand-pulled noodles with the aromatic scallion oil.
I particularly liked its eggy soft and chewy texture. If I ordered a more robust dish, say the Mapo Tofu or Braised Dong Po Pork Belly, it should pair pretty well with the plainer noodles.
Signature Szechuan Dan Dan La Mian ($10.80)
The Dan Dan noodles complete with nutty richness and mild spiciness may not be every diner’s cup of tea.
It had an interesting layered and complex flavour – part spicy, part meaty, part nutty and part pickled
If you are fond of that unique taste, the soup base would be satisfactorily addictive.
La Mian served with Deep Fried Pork Rib ($14.80)
One of the most popular orders. La mian in collagen-rich signature pork broth, paired with juicy deep-fried pork ribs.
Deep-fried White Bait in Wuxi Style ($8.30)
Get this as a starter before all the mains arrive.
These tasty snack-like fish were first deep-fried, then enveloped in a sweet and sour sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and fried ginger.
Could not stop taking more. I started with chopsticks, then ended up using the fingers.
Chilled Poached Chicken in Szechuan Style ($10.30)
Tender chicken topped with a dark Sichuan pepper sauce, sesame seeds and spring onion.
Sautéed Egg White with Conpoy & Fish Meat ($15.80)
A dish you would love for its simplicity. A well-balanced dish of sautéed egg white with conpoy and fish meat.
Just add a few drops of vinegar, and the taste goes on another level.
Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Spicy Soup ($22.80)
The classic dish of Szechuan ”Shui Zhu Yu”, which literally means “fish boiled by water”.
A bowl of generous portion of slices of dory in tongue-tingling mala broth, added with flat translucent glass noodles. As the fish pieces are poached instead of say stir-frying, they retain their tenderness and fresh-tasting bite.
Shiok when the numbing sensation of Szechuan pepper hits you.
Osmanthus with Wolfberry Cake ($4.30) and Coconut Cake ($5.30)
Other desserts to end off the meal include Glutinous Rice Ball in Fermented Rice Wine ($3.80) – mini tang yuan served in a fermented rice lees sweet broth; Pan Fried Reb Bean Pancake ($6.30); Black Sesame Glutinour Rice Dumpling in Ginger Soup ($4.80); and Herbal Jelly ($5.30).
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao Opening Promotion – $1 Hainanese Chicken Rice Xiao Long Bao ($6.80 for 4 pieces)
– Valid with min. spent of $45 on a la carte food items
– Valid till 31 Jan 2018, Mondays to Fridays, excluding eve and day of public holiday
– Limited to 1 redemption per table per bill, with no splitting of bills
– Valid for din in and whilst stocks last
– Not valid with other promotion, discount, or loyalty programmes unless otherwise stated
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Ngee Ann City #B2-36A, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6733 3229
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Also available at:
Crystal Jade Jiangnan
Toa Payoh Lor 6 Blk 470 #01-70 (opposite HDB Hub)
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Bugis Junction #B1-04A
Great World City #02-43
Holland Avenue 241
Jurong Point JP2 #03-96
Changi Airport Terminal 1 Mezzanine Level 3
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Crystal Jade Group.