Do you know that this Xiao Long Bao shop which originated from Singapore even has outlets in Japan?

Yes, you can find branches at Tsukuba, Ginza, Ebisu and Hachioji.

Jing Hua Xiao Chi which is established in 1989, began its journey in a row of shophouses known as “Qun Zhong Eating House” along Neil Road near Chinatown.

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This venture was initiated as a means for the Han family to earn a living, incorporating dumpling recipes from Mr Han’s Shanghai-native mother and Mrs Han’s own homemade recipes.

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To get there, it is located strategically near the Thomson-East Coast Line’s Maxwell station, and the eatery often has a modest crowd.

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Jing Hua Xiao Chi offers a range of dumplings, noodles, and desserts.

These include signatures of Boiled Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($10), Pan-Fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($10), Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings ($9), Chinese Pizza ($12), Xiao Long Bao ($9), and Jing Hua Signature Fried Rice ($8.50).

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In terms of service, it is relatively prompt, ensuring that diners receive their dishes swiftly without much wait.

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If I were to recommend, it would be the Pan-fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($10).

You would find it differs slightly from the usual traditional dumplings with slightly thicker crust and folded to leave both ends open.

This method showcases the fillings in a manner, reminiscent of a meat cannoli.

This wrapping style not only presents the ingredients in an appetising way but also tackles the challenge of maximizing filling in each dumpling.

However, it may lead to the leakage of juices, something to consider if you are looking for that burst of flavour.

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Jing Hua Xiao Chi’s Xiao Long Bao ($9) is a classic favourite, though watch out as the skins tend to be prone to breaking.

They were considerably juicy but could be more flavourful in terms of the broth.

The experience can be further enhanced with accompaniments like sliced ginger and vinegar, which help to cut through the richness of the dumplings.

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If you have cravings for La Mian, available are the Zha Jiang Noodles ($5.80), Hot & Sour Noodles ($5.80), Mala Noodles ($5.80) and Zha Cai Rou Si Noodles ($5.80).

I would say pretty inexpensive considering this is an air-conditioned eatery.

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The Zha Jiang Noodle ($5.80) had a pretty generous serving of rich minced pork and soya bean sauce.

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This sauce melded well with the soft and slightly thick noodles, elevated by the addition of crispy cucumber.

The cucumber offered a refreshing crunch that contrasted with the depth of the savoury and earthy sauce.

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While there is room for improvement in some areas in terms of taste of some items and the ambience, the eatery’s swift service and commitment to authentic flavours make it for dumpling lovers.

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Jing Hua Xiao Chi Singapore
21/23 Neil Road, Singapore 088814
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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