Xiao Long Bao, a traditional Chinese steamed soup dumpling, stands out as a must-try delicacy.

We love them for the delicate skin, succulent filling, and rich, flavourful broth encapsulated within.

Each piece can be a blend of juicy meat wrapped in a thin, almost translucent dough that requires the skill of a seasoned chef to prepare.

Here are some of the well-known restaurants and hawker stalls you can find in Xiao Long Bao in Singapore:

Paradise Dynasty
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #B1-110, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Mon – Fri)
10:30am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)

Do you know that the Signature Original Xiao Long Bao ($10.80, $16.80)) at Paradise Dynasty weighs exactly 25 grams each piece and is pleated unerringly with 18 delicate folds?

You will find the soup filling skillfully encased in a light, delicate skin.

Paradise Dynasty is also known for introducing the world’s eight-coloured fusion Xiao Long Bao ($17.80), which features 7 unique flavours and, of course, the original Xiao Long Bao.

Your palate will embark on a journey through 7 creative tastes, including ginseng (green), foie gras (brown), black truffle (black), crab roe (orange), cheese (yellow), garlic (grey) and Szechuan (orange).

Everyone has different favourites, but my vote would go to the black truffle for that added aroma as you savour the juice ‘exploding’ in your mouth.

Read more at: Paradise Dynasty

Din Tai Fung
Great World #01-138, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 9:15 (Fri – Sat)

Probably the most famous Xiao Long Bao shop in Singapore (and perhaps the world?) With almost 100 dishes on the menu, Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao, aka steamed pork dumplings remains a standout.

They are made and served with a ritual-like precision.

Savour these Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao handmade with thin and silky-smooth skin complete with 18 exquisite folds.

What fans like is that the dumplings combine paper-thin wrappers with a rich, savoury broth and well-seasoned pork filling.

The skin is so tender and translucent that you can almost see the broth and fill inside, yet it holds together, ensuring a burst of flavourful soup with each bite.

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

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.

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

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

Read more at: Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京华小吃 (Neil Road)

Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine
Takashimaya S.C., #04-22, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Here is another more known upper-tier Shanghainese restaurants in Singapore As it is included in the Singapore Michelin Plate listing, I have decided to make a return visit.

The Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumpling ($12.60 for 6 pieces) was wrapped with hot abundant flavoursome soup, fresh meat without the strong ‘porky-ness’, and delicate skin.

Read more at: Imperial Treasure Fine Shanghai Cuisine (Ngee Ann City)

Shanghai Renjia 上海人家
151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, #01-3046, Singapore 560151
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Shanghai Renjia 上海人家 is one of a handful of restaurants that have been carrying Shanghainese cuisine in Singapore for a long time.

The choice of location under a HDB block is exactly what the family-style restaurant is about: providing traditional, humble comfort food close to the neighbourhood.

Beyond the wood-panelled doors are cosy round tables with rattan chairs, much like a set-up common in native Shanghai.

The menu has everything from dumplings, drunken chicken, fried egg with chive, wonton soup, sheng jiang bao, to deep-fried pork stripes.

The Xiao Long Bao is well-loved for its delicate skin texture and juicy filling. The dough for its baos and noodles is handmade daily, contributing to the freshness and authenticity of the flavours.

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心餐厅
183/185/187/189/191/193 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Opening Hours: 7pm – 4am (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues

While dim sum has always been known as a morning dining affair, Swee Choon Tim Sum (they spell it as ‘T’) has managed to turn it around to become a well-known supper haunt.

I can say the food is not the type you will scream “Excellent!”, and seriously most items range around 5 to 7/10 in taste, but it is an affordable, no-frills place that has fond memories for many.

The Shanghai Xiao Long Bao has skin that may be a few mm too thick for my liking, the inner minced pork was moistly tasty, with a fair amount of broth.

Read more at: Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (Jalan Besar)

Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao 中国拉面小笼包
335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Food Centre #02-135, Singapore 050335
Tel: +65 9743 5287
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 8:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues

The humble stall gained more recognition after being awarded a “Michelin Plate” in the Singapore Michelin Guide. Their art of noodle making was originally from Beijing and Shenzhen.

Xiao Long Bao is freshly made on the spot by hand. It is only $6.50 for 2 baskets of 5. The broth was cooked for 12 hours before being frozen and wrapped in the minced pork dumpling.

Digging into that smooth skin, to find steamy and belly-warming soup and juicy filling awaiting, can be such a blissful experience.

While it lacked the finesse in terms of consistency and thickness of skin, the fillings were moist and meaty, while the broth was on the sweeter side.

Read more at: Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao 中国拉面小笼包 (Chinatown Complex Food Centre)

Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao 洪鹏拉面小笼包
33 New Market Road, #01-1064 People’s Park Food Centre, Singapore 050032
Tel: +65 9083 5166
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:00pm (Mon – Sun)

Somewhere within the massive hawker place in the Chinatown district, is a Michelin-recommended stall serving up La Mian and Xiao Long Bao.

The handmade Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($4 for 6 pieces), filled with minced pork and chives, was chewy and juicy. The skin was not too thick, so you won’t feel too stuffed after a few pieces.

Freshly made on the spot and steamed, I won’t say they are the best in Singapore, and perhaps lack the fine-delicate touches, but probably above the average with their juicy fillings.

Read more at: Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao (People’s Park Food Centre)

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Alexandra Village Food Centre #01-56, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150120
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 8pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon

Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao is another noteworthy stall, always attracting long queues during meal times. It is also newly included in the Michelin Guide Singapore.

Their Xiao Long Bao ($5) uses fresh dumpling skin and is filled with pork in-store. While the skin is slightly thick, these dumplings were juicy with soup inside – flavourful and slightly sweet.

The stall’s quality popularity is noticeable from the long queues that form during peak hours, but do not let that deter you, as the wait can be worth it.

Read more at: Zhang Ji Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Alexandra Village Food Centre)

Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao 阿汪拉面小笼包上海锅贴
Zion Riverside Food Centre #01-22, 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Wed – Fri), 9am – 8:50pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon, Tue

Even though Ah Wang La Mian is not well-publicised, its line does not ‘lose out’ to the other popular stalls there, attracting regulars for Chinese-style La Mian, Dumplings, and Soups.

They specialise in Guo Tie or Pan-Fried Dumplings ($7 for 10 pc), Xiao Long Bao ($5.50 for 7 pc), Steamed Pork and Leek Dumplings ($6 for 10 pc), and Szechuan Spicy Wanton ($6 for 10 pcs).

The dumplings are all hand-made in the morning, packed with fillings such as minced pork and chives.

The Xiao Long Bao was not bad. While the skin might not be as thin and silky as those offered by the ‘big boys’, they were still moderately plump and juicy.

Read more at: Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Zion Road Food Centre)

You Peng Mian Jiao Zi Guan
Beauty World Food Centre #04-23, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

You will find a great variety of Chinese Shanghainese delights at this stall. Fulfill your cravings for Xiao Long Bao, Dan Dan Noodles, Guo Tie and Jiao Zi, to even Egg & Tomato Noodles, Dan Dan Noodles, Sour & Spicy Soup and Fried Pancakes.

The queue is not that long during early hours, and everything is fresh and handmade at the stall.

However, prices are considered comparatively on the higher side (for hawker centres), with Fried Dumplings priced at $7.50 (for 10 pieces), Xiao Long Bao at $8, Dumpling Noodles at $5.

The Xiao Long Bao ($8) had skin that was slightly on the doughy and thicker side, though it was filled with sweet tasting broth.

Frozen dumplings are available for sale as well.

Ding Tele 鼎特乐
949 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534713
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 1.15am (Mon-Sun)

Ding Tele 鼎特乐 located at Kovan specialises in Shanghainese cuisine, particularly known for its Sheng Jian Bao and Xiao Long Bao.

With an extensive and reasonably priced menu, Ding Tele offers a selection of over 40 items, focusing on dim sum, including Crispy Pork Soup Buns, Steamed Pork Soup Buns, and Steamed Pork Soup Buns with Crab Meat.

While the Xiao Long Bao had slightly thick and chewy skin which detracted from the overall experience, the pork soup within the dumplings still managed to leave a pleasant impression.

Read more at: Ding Tele 鼎特乐 (Upper Serangoon Road)

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