Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Pau

Nothing like a food post to usher in the new year. Gotta have all the good food here while I still can before going back to Notroh Woods. Finally I've gone to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Pau at Lot 10. Pay extra attention on the names as Crystal Jade has many different branches serving different menu.

As the name suggests, they specialised in making La Mian (basically hand pulled noodle) and Xiao Long Pau (small steam pau with soup and minced pork in it).

I'm a huge fan of La Mian. Its like rice and can go with almost anything. Even comes in many variations depending on which province in China it comes from. I love Xiao Long Pau as well though I've only had it twice. I find it facinating that soup is contained in the pau itself.

I get fascinated easily.

Anyhow, I ordered Cold Noodles with Sichuan Beef Brisket (I'm such a cold noodle fan) and McDave/William ordered Hand Sliced Noodles with Beef Brisket. SK ordered dessert which was the Puff Pastry with Shredded Turnip. Good thing too cause I could barely finish my own bowl of noodle.

I throughly enjoyed and loved my cold noodles to the last strand but its not for the faint of heart. Its basically cold noodles flavoured with sesame oil and other chilly oil with tender and chuncks of succulent beef (generous portion of fatty meat) brisket. Yes its very oily at the bottom so it is advisable to mix it first and leave the bottom noodles. Leave out the fatty meat too though they're really nice.

Cold Noodles with Sichuan Beef Brisket.

The hand sliced noodles reminded me of Pan Mee because the dough and shape of the noodle is quite similar to each other. It is almost the same as the cold noodle but not with oil based flavouring. I don't quite remember what it tasted like (I was really enjoying my noodle you see) but its not bad too. Same tender and succulent beef brisket. I love the beef brisket. Super yummy.

Hand Sliced Noodles with Beef Brisket.

The Xiao Long Pau is to die for. Lovely pau. The skin is just thick enough and steamed just right. The soup was marvelous and the minced pork blends in so well with the skin, soup vinegar with shreds of ginger. Perfect combination for a party of bursting flavours.

The Famous Siu Long Pau.

This is a very interesting pastry and it was my first time having it. The crust just melts in my mouth. Upon setting my teeth onto the crust, the crispy, golden fried dough breaks into millions pieces of flakes and melted away. I love that effect in my pastries. Then came the piping hot filling. I'm not kidding. The filling were literally blowing out steam but once it cooled to nice warm temperature, its just lovely. Turnip has never tasted this good before!

Puff Pastry with Shredded Turnip.

The Xiao Long Pau and the Puff Pastry with Shredded Turnip are a definite must order. The noodles too if you're a fan of noodles.

I really love this place and am unquestionably coming for more.

Rating time.

Food: 9

Love all the food that I had above. Truely yummy though I think my cold noodles was a tad generous with the oil.

Price: 7

Kinda a little pricy for noodles but they compensate a little with generous portion.

Service: 8

They were generally friendly. Much more friendlier if I could understand more Canto and speak fluently too.

Ambience: 10

Located at the side of Lot 10 and one floor above street level so we can people watch if sitting by the window. The interior decorations are lovely too. Gives a very Oriental feel to it yet very modern as well.

Cute Waiters: 8

The waiter that was serving us was kinda cute. My kinda boy. Yes I'm a cradle snatcher but I'm pretty sure he's way above legal age.

Total Score: 8.4/10

-Live Long & Prosper


David the Man said...

Where's the pic of the cute waiter?

Ah-Bong said...

full edy... no point posting food... i'm not attracted... bwahahahahahahahahaha....

but xiao long pao at the very least attract me amongst all the other food tho. :P

Jason said...

Pandainya flog.

Queer Ranter said...

David: Wah siao ah take picture of the waiter. Huhuhuh. Wouldn't mind actually. Hehheeh.

Bong: Cis... Its educational not to tempt people la. :P

Jason: Smart le. Heheheh.

FamezGAY said...

seriously I think crystal jade is the best Lamian XiaoLongBao shop in the city.. Beats down Dragon I

Queer Ranter said...

Famezgay: Totally agree! :P