Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Someone gave M a bunch of vouchers for crystal jade restaurants along with some suggestions that went contrary to the terms and conditions on the back of the voucher. So, just to play safe and not go running into some big trap, we decided to go check out the validity of the voucher at one of their more casual outlets. Turns out that the vouchers were valid but we ended up not using them because Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao offers quite a value for money lunch set on weekdays. For $8.80++, you get to choose from a selection of their mains, along with an appetizer and drink. The portions of the mains served in the lunch set remain the same, so considering that most of the mains cost between $8 – $11 a la carte, it makes sense to opt for the lunch set. 

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For our appetizers, we got the following: Pork dumplings in chilli oil. These were really good. The chili oil gravy, with its sourish and spicy flavour was very tasty. I liked it so much, I used the remainder on my noodles.
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Xiao Long Bao – These were all right for me. I still prefer Din Tai Feng’s version.
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Shrimp Dumpling La Mian – M commented that this was a really generous serving – the shrimp dumplings were huge and a large serving of la mian was given. Unlike my experience with dry la mian (see below), she felt that the noodles went well with the soup.
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La Mian with double boiled chicken soup – Right off the bat, I was quite unhappy with this dish because my noodles were clumpy and didn’t separate easily. I had to drench it in soup and the chili oil gravy to get some semblance back. I also thought the combination of chicken soup and la mian didn’t really come together as a single dish. It felt more like two separate dishes put side by side.
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For the amount that we paid, I can’t really complain about the portion of the food received. Including GST and service charge, we ended up paying about $10.70 per person. For the CBD area, this is very reasonable. Perhaps next time, I’ll stick to the soup based noodle dishes.

Add: 391 Orchard Road, Takashimaya S.C. #04-27

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