Friday, March 17, 2006
When talk about Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumpling, 小籠包), the name Din Tai Fung must come to people's mind. Din Tai Fung is originated from Taiwan and today, they have opened up branches in USA, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. Their Xiao Long Bao is superb, no one should doubt about it.
In Malaysia, nice "Xiao Long Bao" only available in Klang Valley in this couple of years. A nice Xiao Long Bao must full of soup in the dumpling, soup and stuffing must be tasty and and dumpling skin must be thin yet flexible enough. The dumpling skin should not break when pickup by chopstick. Traditionally each Xiao Long Bao make of 18 folds.
Most of the places in KL serve normal pork Xiao Long Bao only, it could due to Xiao Long Bao still a new to here. There are more varieties overseas where you can find Xiao Long Bao in pork with crabmeat/crab roe, Xiao Long Bao with pork and shrimp.
I’ve fall in love in first sight with this Xiao Long Bao in 3 or 4 years back at Crystal Jade Singapore (Din Tai Fung haven’t open in SG at that time), till now, I still can’t resist of this little one; I’ve visited Crystal Jade @ Lot 10 for x number of time since they open on May 2005 just because of this little one.
There are other places in Klang Valley serve decent Xiao Long Bao, I listed the names I know by my personal ranking:
- Shanghai Restaurant at JW Marriot, Bukit Bintang (I don’t go often due to pricy)
- Crystal Jade at Lot 10, Bukit Bintang
- Dragon-I at Cititel KL and One Utama PJ
- Chuai Heng at Jalan Imbi
- Chef Loong at SS2 (open from evening until midnight)
I would appreciate if you could suggest for any other places serve nice Xiao Long Bao. These are the places SHOULD NOT go for Xiao Long Bao, rank from the worst:
- Esquire Kitchen
- Shanghai Ding Tai Feng at SS2 (this is not the real Din Tai Fung)
- Jogoya Kuala Lumpur
- Su Zhou Noodle House at Citrus Park, Plaza OUG
- Xin Shanghai at Jalan Sultan Ismail
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*Disclaimer: Tasting is very individual preference, I did not receive any benefits from any restaurants mentioned above. Thus, it's fine if you do not agreed on what I've written up there.