Saturday, 17 September 2011

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Bugis Junction)

Dropped by Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao  located at Bugis Junction for dinner.
Menu Cover Page
The menu cover page has changed. Looks so colourful and seems to be targeting the younger generation too. Moreover, with a tagline of 'King of Noodles & Tim Sum'.
Tim Sum Menu
Weird that Crystal Jade uses Tim Sum instead of Dim Sum.
Steamed Pork Dumpling $5.00
We ordered the Steamed Pork Dumpling or you can call it Xiao Long Bao (XLB). The XLB is one of Crystal Jade's signature dish. It is served in bamboo basket.  The xiao long baos must be eaten hot when they are served. The skin is thin yet does not puncture easily. Inside, it is filled with tasty pork broth and tender pork fillings. Matched with vinegar and ginger which enhances the taste of the tender pork, it is heavenly.
Soup and Noodle Menu
Spicy & Sour Soup Noodle with Shredded Pork & Beancurd $7.50
Looks delicious?
Here's how the Spicy & Sour Soup Noodle with Shredded Pork & Beancurd looks like after stirring it. Crystal Jade's la mian (handmade noodles) is one of my favourite. The spiciness and sourness of the Spicy & Sour Soup Noodle with Shredded Pork & Beancurd was perfect for me. Not too sour yet spicy. Shiok! Moreover, each strand of la mian was cooked to perfection, it was soft, springy, thin and flavourful. The whole combination was perfect and delicious!!
Mega Bowl Soup La Mian
Chicken Wing Mega Bowl Soup La Mian $9.90
Where's the chicken wings?
Chicken Wings
Well, I am glad they served it separately so that the wings will not be soggy. Other parts of the chicken wings was missing. Moreover, the wings were quite oily. Inside, the meat was slightly dry. Not as delicious as I expected.
La Mian was perfect, similar to the ones served in the spicy & sour noodles. However, the La Mian Soup base was salty. The prawns in it was not fresh. Stuck to the shells and meat was not firm. The dumplings were average. To be frank, I felt that this dish was terrible compared to the other dishes in the noodles/la mian menu.
You might have read in earlier post that I am a crazy fan of Crystal Jade's chilli. I can literally eat the chilli alone without anything to accompany it while waiting for the food to come. Right amount of spiciness, somewhat crispy to me. How do they make it?
Overall, the dishes such as Sour and Spicy Noodle and Xiao Long Bao are delicious! (and not forgetting the chilli!). But I certainty will not be ordering the Mega Bowl Soup La Mian. Price wise, it is quite affordable and value for money. Where else can you get such price at restaurants and with such good food! As for service, the staff are prompt and efficient.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Bugis Junction)
200 Victoria Street
#B1-04A Bugis Junction
Tel: 6339 6902
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9.30pm

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