Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Crystal Clear Choice

People like to remind me how lucky I am to live where I have the choice of two Crystal Jade outlets, a almost but not quite 24-hour Crystal Jade Kitchen and a La Mian Xiao Long Bao. I have to agree. It is quite a godsend, especially when we are craving the comforts of home aka the homecooked goodness of Mum's cooking. Like the other night when, inexplicably, we felt the urge for good ol' fashioned chicken soup, so down we went to our friendly neighbourhood La Mian Xiao Long Bao restaurant.

Once we got down there though, we allowed ourselves to be tempted by the special menu and ordered:



ko shui ji la mian (la mian with century egg, poached chicken and japanese cucumber in chilli oil)



pan fried xiao long bao (pork dumplings)

The ko shui ji la mian was tasty but a little too spicy for HM (she admits though that spicy is not really her thing...) And the egg beneath the xiao long bao was too eggy for her (egg is also not her thing...) I liked both well enough.



xiao long bao

We had to have more xiao long bao, since, in our opinion, Crystal Jade's are probably the best in Singapore. I don't care what the Din Tai Fung fans say, but really, the pei (skin?) of the DTF ones are way too thick. There's nothing like nibbling a little hole in the Crystal Jade xiao long bao and slurping down the pork stock first, mmm...

Of course we couldn't forget the reason why we came:



double boiled chicken soup

Ahh, just what we needed.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous MM said...

I am not a fan of the panfried xiao long bao. They get stuck to the pan and tear when you try to pick them up, then the soup just escapes from you.

2:12 pm  
Blogger blobbes said...

Yeah I know what you mean. I guess that's what the egg is there for, prevent the xiao long bao from sticking to the pan.

5:37 pm  

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