Synonymous with an extensive selection of Northern Chinese specialities ranging from expertly-wrapped delicate xiao long baos and well-executed dishes to crowd-pleasing la mian, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao has just refreshed its all-day dining menu with some tantalising additions; some with Group Executive Chef Martin Foo’s inventive touches.
Diners can now feast on these inspired creations at all Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao island-wide.
Back by popular demand, Steamed chilli crab xiao long bao 辣椒蟹小笼包 ($13.80 for 6 pieces, $22.80 for 10 pieces) is a blushing beauty that reveals chunks of crab meat in a punchy and spicy chilli-infused broth that tastes just like the real McCoy.
A popular rustic Chinese home-style ‘xiao cai’ or appetiser, Shredded potatoes & pine nuts with sour and spicy sauce 酸辣松子土豆丝 ($7.80) comprises fine julienne of potatoes that are quickly tossed over high heat to retain a slight crisp bite and served with a tangy and spicy sauce made with quality ‘Zhejiang’ vinegar and chilli oil.
Another moreish bite is Petite preserved vegetable dumpling 一口酸菜水饺 ($7.80 for 6 pieces), plump with a combination of finely-chopped tart pickled preserved vegetables and minced pork.
Chef Foo’s local-inspired take on a ‘shao bing’ or baked flaky pastry, Salted egg yolk pork floss pastry 咸蛋黄肉松酥 ($5.30 for 3pcs) envelopes a flavourful filling of savoury pork floss and salted egg yolk.
Prettily-crimped round the edges, each Pan-fried chives pancake with egg 韭菜盒子 $5.80 for 2 pieces) reveals a light flaky shell with a filling of fragrant stir-fried leeks with eggs.
Roasted duck with basil leaf 金不换老卤烤鸭 ($15.80) is a novel creation conjured by Chef Foo that marries succulent roast duck with an alluring homemade basil leafinfused soy sauce.
Braised sliced garoupa with pearl garlic in brown sauce 红烧独头蒜斑片 ($25.80) showcases pearl garlic; a one-clove varietal that boasts a more intense fragrance and milder flavours. These nuggets are braised in a luscious savoury-sweet sauce. and paired with generous and meaty pieces of flash-fried garoupa.
Given the popularity of Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s La mian with scallion oil, another version; La mian with shrimp & scallion oil 鲜虾葱油拌面 ($12.80), provides another option.
Steamed Chinese mugwort glutinous ball 艾 草 青 团 ($6.80 for 4 pieces) are toothsome emerald mochi-like spheres infused with the slightly-bitter and intense aroma of mugwort; a herb well-known for its healing properties.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing GST